New Volume on Paul
I’ve just received my copy of a newly-published and very impressive resource-volume: The Blackwell Companion to Paul, edited by Stephen Westerholm (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) ISBN 978-1-4051-8844-9. The 37 contributions cover an unusually wide spectrum of topics, and the contributors form a veritable galaxy of scholars of international recognition.
There are the expected chapters, e.g., on Pauline chronology, on the texts that make up the Pauline epistles in the NT, and on key topics such as “Paul and Scripture,” “Paul’s Christology,” “Paul, Judaism, and the Jewish People,” “Paul and the Law,” “The Social Setting of the Pauline Communities,” “Women in the Pauline Churches,” and “Paul and Empire”.
But in addition there are 13 chapters on “Readers of Paul,” including, e.g., Marcion, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine, Acquinas, Luther, Calvin, the Wesleys, Karl Barth, and on “Jewish Readings of Paul,” “Orthodox [Eastern] Readings,” and “African Readings.”
Furthermore, there are another 6 chapters on “The Legacy of Paul,” including treatments of Paul in Art, Literature, and influences on Christian ideas of Sin and the Fall, the Spirit, Ethics, and the Church.
Looks like a particularly valuable and wide body of scholarly discussion under one set of covers!