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Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme
Westerholm, Stephen

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013 pp. viii + 104. $15.00



Description: Much has been written of late about what the apostle Paul really meant when he spoke of justification by faith, not the works of the law. This short study by Stephen Westerholm carefully examines proposals on the subject by Krister Stendahl, E. P. Sanders, Heikki Räisänen, N. T. Wright, James D. G. Dunn, and Douglas A. Campbell. In doing so, Westerholm notes weaknesses in traditional understandings that have provoked the more recent proposals, but he also points out areas in which the latter fail to do justice to the apostle. Readers of this book will gain not only a better grasp of the ongoing theological debate about justification but also a more nuanced overall understanding of Paul.

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

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Review by David J. Neville
Published 4/22/2015
Citation: David J. Neville, review of Stephen Westerholm, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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