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Contours Of Pauline Theology [Paperback]

By Tom Holland (Author) & Holland Tom (Author)
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The Apostle Paul is a controversial church figure. Many theologians accuse Paul of starting a new religion: of hi-jacking early Christianity in a different direction. Is this a fair charge? Tom Holland points us to a neglected fact, that the Jews in the first century AD would view concepts of salvation through the Exodus of Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Until now, a real elephant in the centre of the hermeneutical room. Such a viewpoint opens up new understanding on Pauline studies - it is true of this book that it will change your view of the New Testament and deserves to radically alter New Testament studies in Universities, Theological Colleges and Seminaries around the world.

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Studio: Christian Focus
Pages   382
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.66" Width: 5.46" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Christian Focus Publications
Series  Mentor  
ISBN  185792469X  
ISBN13  9781857924695  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Holland is a historian of the ancient world and a translator. His books includeRubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, Persian Fire, In the Shadow of the SwordandThe Forge of Christendom. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilization of Ancient Greece and Rome. He lives in London with his family.
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Tom Holland currently resides in London. Tom Holland was born in 1969.

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turning Paul the right way round  Nov 23, 2004
May I ask if the pre-publication reviews given below can be provided to potential readers, many thanks,

Tom Holland

It is refreshing to read something radically new in such a popular area as Pauline studies. So often what promised new perspectives, new insights, turns out not to be essentially different. Tom Holland's original and creative approach to Paul does not fall into this category.
Here Paul is not the innovator of Christian doctrine- he received his theological model from his Jewish upbringing in which he was taught that Yahweh would bring about the promised New Exodus. Paul came to realize that this had been inaugurated by the paschal death of Christ. Thus Holland maintains that there existed a common hermeneutical model for both Judaism and the New Testament church i.e the New Exodus. Justification is not a declaration of being in the covenant, but refers back to the creation of a covenant between Yahweh and His people. This view of justification fits in with Paul's doctrine of corporate baptism, the washing of the believing community accomplished by the Spirit through the death of Christ. Paul's theology is not individualistic, but corporate, so it is believers collectively as the church and not the believer's individual body which comprise the temple of the Holy Spirit. I anticipate that if it finds acceptance, the proposals of this book should provide a timely and fruitful alternative to some of the theological emphases that have guided the church for too long.

Dr. William S. Campbell
In his Contours of Pauline Theology Dr Holland argues forcefully that the main contours of Paul's thought can only be understood when we understand Paul as an exegete and theologian of the Old Testament, with the hoped-for New Exodus, now fulfilled in Christ, at the centre of his reading strategy. This approach finds corporate and covenantal themes to lie at the very heart of Paul's concerns. In constant critical engagement with the whole range of contemporary scholarship Holland maps out for himself and his readers new ways of understanding Paul and offers new insights into a range of absolutely vital issues from justification to Christology, and new insights into Pauline texts from Romans to Colossians. Challenging, unsettling and infuriating Dr Holland's tour de force cannot be ignored.

Dr Peter Head
Having watched Dr Holland developing his ideas over a period of several years, I am thrilled that his work is now available to a wider public. All who are interested in Paul's theology will discover much that is stimulating and provocative here. He develops in detail his view that the Exodus events provide the vocabulary and imagery for much of what the apostle wishes to say about Christ, his salvation and his people. Apart from his novel interaction with the so-called "new perspective", many will be fascinated by his work showing the influence of Passover themes in Paul's understanding of Christ as "first born", and in his theology of justification, covenant inclusion, baptism, etc. I warmly commend this work.

Ven. Dr. Paul D. Gardner
Dr. Tom Holland of the Evangelical Theological College of Wales has produced a significant contribution to the discussion of Pauline theology. He presents a Paul whose thinking is rooted in the Old Testament scriptures and developed within the framework of covenantal relationship. The two major lenses through which Paul's letters must be viewed are a "New Exodus" paradigm and a corporate reading of the texts. When these lenses are used, it is clear that Paul's theology is in full agreement with the teachings of Jesus and the other New Testament authors. Along the way, many of the new vectors in Pauline theology are explored and critiqued. Whether or not everyone will agree with Dr. Holland's conclusions, all serious New Testament scholars must engage his evidence and his arguments in considering The Contours of Pauline Theology.

Dr. John D. Harvey

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