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Overview In this paper edition Thomas R. Schreiner gives us a sound and insightful exposition and assessment of Paul's theology that is well-geared to the needs of seminary students and working pastors.
Publishers Description Every serious student of the New Testament and of Christian theology must come to grips with the apostle Paul. In Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner gives us a sound and insightful exposition and assessment of Paul's theology that is well-geared to the needs of seminary students and working pastors. While thoroughly informed by the issues of contemporary Pauline studies, he offers an account of Paul's theology that is relatively unburdened by scholarly trappings but deals directly with the matter. "The goal of writing a Pauline theology," he writes, "is to unearth Paul's worldview and to present it to contemporaries. Our task is not merely to reproduce Paul's thinking on various topics but to rightly estimate what is most important in his thinking and to set forth the inner connections between the various themes." Like most writers of a Pauline theology, Schreiner discerns something at the heart and soul of Paul's theology. As Schreiner puts it, "The passion of Paul's life, the center and foundation and capstone of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission was the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ." Schreiner has stitched this theme into the fabric of his book, and the result is a Pauline theology that is not only informative, but spiritually uplifting, as well. Here is a Pauline theology eminently suited to the needs of theological students and preachers.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.86" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.41" Weight: 1.66 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
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ISBN 0830828257 ISBN13 9780830828258
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More About Thomas R. Schreiner
Thomas R. Schreiner (MDiv and ThM, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the school of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Thomas R. Schreiner currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky.
Thomas R. Schreiner has published or released items in the following series...
Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Biblical Theology Christian Proclamation Commentary
Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
New American Commentary New Testament
New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology
Reviews - What do customers think about Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology?
Paul, via Calvinist T. R. Schreiner Dec 1, 2006
In 2001, Thomas R. Schreiner, professor of New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (an institution not overly concerned with mainstream Southern Baptist soteriology [logic of salvation], apparently) added to his growing list of literary works that examine the writings of the Apostle Paul. In that year he published Paul, Apostle of God's Glory In Christ (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press), a wide-ranging, non-technical examination of the theology of Paul, relying mainly on the Apostle's thirteen New Testament (NT) letters and epistles as well as the NT book of the Acts. In his preface Schreiner says the book was written to provide "a textbook on Pauline theology for students at both the college and seminary level ... [and] to set forth and defend my particular understanding of Pauline theology." In truth the sixteen chapter work (which includes a brief epilogue) serves as a 21st century synopsis of traditional Calvinist theology and polemic, inducted fairly from the Pauline corpus whenever possible, and imposed on the texts unfairly whenever necessary. In fact, few issues concerning Pauline study in particular or Christianity in general are not examined in the 486 page tome and, remarkably (or perhaps not), most if not all of Schreiner's conclusions fairly mirror those reached by the Reformed Church during their 1618-19 Synod of Dort.
Pretty Good Book on Paul's Theology Apr 19, 2005
Those of you who want a good Pauline theology textbook from a generally Reformed and Baptistic perspective should look here. However, even though Schreiner is Reformed and Baptistic in his general understanding of major Pauline themes, his soteriological understanding of Paul is Anabaptistic. Many people in the traditional Reformed and Baptist circles would disagree with some of Schreiner's conclusions regarding justification, sanctification, and the Final Judgment. Schreiner's main thesis, however, is that Paul's "center" was not justification by faith alone (traditional Protestantism) or the mystical union in Christ (some modern theologians), but God's glory revealed through the redemptive work of Christ. He described Paul's theology as a house with many parts instead of concentric circles (of course, God being the foundation of "the house"). The chapters and themes are neatly set out and there is a logical flow throughout the book. One will not find confusion and irraticism in Schreiner's book. Some of the discussions in Schreiner's book are excellent (especially on Romans 9 and the future salvation of Israel). However, there needs to be a word of caution to those who are thinking of purchasing this book. Schreiner departs from the traditional Protestant view of salvation. In many places throughout the book he states that good works are necessary for obtaining salvation (not merely as evidential proof of salvation). On p. 286, he states that women will be saved eternally if they live according to their gender; on p. 328, he states that children who obey their parents will receive the eschatological reward of eternal life; on p. 437, he states that slaves will receive eternal life if they obey their masters; and on p. 438, he states that those who live generously will "reap" eternal life. There are many more similar sayings throughout the book and this should raise alarm bells for traditional evangelical Protestants. Also, another criticism is that Schreiner's view of the Jew-Gentile dichotomy is influenced by the New Perspective. Instead of the Jew-Gentile dichotomy being about works-grace dichotomy it is primarily about the exclusivism-inclusivism dichotomy according to Schreiner. Many traditionalists will probably not accept Schreiner's interpretations quite easily. Schreiner's view of Paul's soteriology should not be considered traditional Protestant, but Anabaptistic. Regardless of the criticisms, this book is very scholarly and is a good overview of Paul's theology
Very helpful guide to Paul's theology May 30, 2004
If you are looking for a book to tell you what scholars are saying about Paul's theology ... keep looking! While Schreiner interacts with other writers, and often gives information about helpful books which treat topics covered in this volume in more depth, he has written a book to help us understand what Paul says himself, and he has done it superbly.
When you read the book, it is obvious that Schreiner has painstakingly researched Paul's writings with a view to understanding what he thought and taught. He is careful to not go beyond what Paul says, and occasionally tentatively suggests things that are not explicitly stated or implied by Paul.
This is a book to read in its entirety, but also to read and re-read, as are many of Schreiner's other works, such as his terrific commentary on Romans and his book on perseverance and assurance, co-written by Ardel Caneday, The Race Set Before Us.
Outstanding! May 21, 2003
Schreiner has given us an outstanding study on the theology and mission of the Apostle Paul in this easy-to-read yet thorough volume. While not exhaustive, Schreiner does wrestle with the most important issues. He simply avoids the wearisome type of New Testament scholarship that spends more time on extrabiblical sources than on the inspired text itself.
Schreiner's stance is decidedly conservative and Reformed, yet not to the point of Scripture twisting or skewing exegesis. There is a real freshness to this book, in that it avoids flattening Paul's theology into an emphasis on only one theme (such as justification, union with Christ, or reconciliation), but rather emphasizes all of these themes in relation to the central motif of God's glory as revealed in Christ. The glory of God in Christ is the sun in Paul's theological solar system and the planets of justification, union with Christ, reconciliation, et cetera all orbit around this one glorious center.
While Schreiner's exegesis is fresh, it is not a departure from historic Protestantism. Schreiner does NOT teach justification by works. But he does understand the already/not yet nature of God's salvific work. There are dimensions of salvation that are yet to be realized by God's people and the Scriptures represent perseverance in faith and obedience as a necessary corollary to final deliverance. But even our perseverance in faith and obedience are the direct result of God's effectual work within us, so all is of grace.
Another unique feature in Schreiner's work is his emphasis on Paul's suffering as a crucial means of fulfilling his mission. In fact, Schreiner does a wonderful job of weaving Paul's theology into the missionary context in which it was originally framed. This adds a personal dimension to the book and will help students avoid the danger of abstracting Paul's theology from real life.
This is an excellent book that I heartily recommend. The Christian church should thank the Lord for such gifted scholars as Thomas Schreiner and both scholars and pastors should take advantage of this labor of love.
Unique and informative Jan 25, 2002
Schreiner has given us another excellent work-- this time a full Pauline theology. Though not as exhaustive as some theologies (e.g., J. Dunn's), Schreiner's is still highly recommended for the following reasons.
First, Schreiner avoids centering Pauline theology on just one reductionistic theme-- like justification, or life "in Christ", etc. Rather, Schreiner argues convincingly that the broad, multifacted nature of Paul's theology is best expressed as the glory of God in Christ. The pursuit of God's glory in Christ undergirds Paul's missionary zeal, the nature of human salvation, and everything else in the Pauline corpus. But this is not a simple theme-- it is broad and varied, and leaves room for considerable variation of focus in the Pauline epistles. Schreiner expresses dependence on John Piper for his focus.
Second, Schreiner offers a unique and informative chapter on the role of suffering in Paul's missionary work. This is an important theme that is often overlooked, but is necessary for a proper understanding of Paul's thought.
Third, this book is very clearly written. In fact, it is one of the clearest theology books I have read.
Overall, this book is highy recommended to anyone who is interested in Paul's theology.