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Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul: A Historical Examination of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus
Schoberg, Gerry

Eugene, Oreg.: Pickwick, 2013 pp. xii + 486. $55

Series Information
Princeton Theological Monograph Series


Description: Was Paul shaped by the movement that began with the teaching and activities of Jesus, or did he start something new? Attempts to answer this question one way or the other have a long history dating back to the nineteenth century. The purpose of this book is to raise the question again in light of more recent scholarly work—especially in light of historical Jesus research and the so-called New Perspective on Paul.

The strategy employed is to find family resemblances between Jesus and Paul on matters that are both fundamentally important and distinctive and that can best be explained in terms of Paul's dependence on Jesus. Three aspects of Jesus' ministry—his welcome of the marginalized, his challenge to his followers that they would share his fate, and his belief that God was doing something profoundly new—are presented as the source of three corresponding aspects in Paul's thought—his welcome of Gentiles, his language of participation, and his belief in the present reality of new creation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by John Paul Heil
Published 1/4/2015
Citation: John Paul Heil, review of Gerry Schoberg, Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul: A Historical Examination of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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