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Moral Formation according to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics
Thompson, James W.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011 pp. xv + 256. $24.99


Description: This fresh treatment of Paul's ethics addresses this question: how, according to Paul, can Christian communities know how God wants them to live? Leading biblical scholar James Thompson explains that Paul offers a coherent moral vision based not only on the story of Christ but also on the norms of the law. Paul did not live with a sharp dichotomy of law and gospel and recognized the continuing importance of the law. Thompson makes a distinctive contribution by locating the roots of Paul's concrete ethical thought in Hellenistic Judaism rather than Hellenistic moral philosophy. Students of New Testament ethics and Pauline theology will value this work.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by David G. Horrell
Published 8/10/2013
Citation: David G. Horrell, review of James W. Thompson, Moral Formation according to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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