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Apostle of the Last Days: The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul
Pate, C. Marvin

Grand Rapds: Kregel, 2013 pp. 320. $22.99



Description: Paulís life, letters, and theology are unified by the theme of the overlapping of two agesóthis age and the age to come. With the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the age to come (i e , kingdom of God) broke into this present age but didnít end it. Where other important doctrines such as justification by faith, reconciliation, and the cross of Christ were key players in Paulís theology, Marvin Pate compellingly demonstrates that the overarching theme driving the Pauline corpus was indeed Paulís inaugurated eschatology. In fact, Paulís apocalyptic framework was only one of a number of other rival eschatologically focused religious perspectives of the day, such as the Imperial Cult, Hellenistic/syncretistic religion, and the merkabah Judaizers. Paulís vigorous debates with the churches he served centered on the exclusivity of the gospel of Christ that he preached: the nonnegotiable apocalypse of Jesus the Messiah. Apostle of the Last Days will be welcomed in the classroom as a one-volume treatment of Paulís life and letters as well as his theology.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by James Hanson
Published 6/11/2015
Citation: James Hanson, review of C. Marvin Pate, Apostle of the Last Days: The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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