New Release: The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life

Cover ArtThe new perspective on Paul has been criticized by some as not having value for ordinary Christians living ordinary lives. In this volume, world-renowned scholars offer a response to this question: How does the apostle Paul understand the Christian life? They explore the implications of the new perspective on Paul for the Christian life as well as the church.

Contributors include James D. G. Dunn, Lynn Cohick, Timothy Gombis, Tara Beth Leach, Bruce Longenecker, Scot McKnight, Patrick Mitchel, and N. T. Wright. This book makes a fresh contribution to the new perspective on Paul conversation and offers important new insights into the orientation of the Christian life.


“Although the new perspective on Paul has been controversial, it has also been a great impetus toward rethinking theology and practice, not least in forcing us to see how the issues of grace and race are indelibly bound up together. In this volume, McKnight and Modica lead an international team of biblical scholars in thinking through what it means to say that God saves Jews and gentiles through faith in Jesus, and how this shapes mission, ethics, holiness, community, and the Christian life. A stimulating and stirring read about what Paul means today!”—Michael F. Bird, Ridley College

“‘Can these dry bones (of academic theories) live?’ This question—the ‘so what’ factor—is not asked often enough in academia. But this book commences with the ‘so what’ question in regard to the new perspective on Paul. In recent years, some have declared the new perspective to be passé at best and dead at worst. The contributors to this book make a cogent case not only that the new perspective is still a compelling reading of Paul in his context but also that it draws out a depth and vitality in his theology and spirituality that can guide the Christian life and the church’s life today.”—Nijay K. Gupta, George Fox Evangelical Seminary


Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, is a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker. His blog, Jesus Creed, is one of the most popular and influential evangelical blogs. He has authored or edited more than fifty books, including Kingdom Conspiracy, The King Jesus Gospel, and Sermon on the Mount.

Joseph B. Modica (PhD, Drew University) is university chaplain and associate professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. McKnight and Modica are coeditors of Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies.

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