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Paul, the Community, and Progressive Sanctification: An Exploration into Community-Based Transformation within Pauline Theology (Studies in Biblical Literature) Hardcover – November 2, 2006

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  • Series: Studies in Biblical Literature (Book 90)
  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820479284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820479286
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,438,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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«James M. Howard is to be commended for contributing what is surely the most lucid and carefully argued case for the role of human Christian community in its ongoing transformation into the image of God - in its progressive sanctification. His conclusion that the dynamics and patterns of Christian community originate in God’s initiative to bring human beings into relationship with himself underpins the potent dialectic which finds Christians who are struggling to achieve and sustain community integrally involved in a divine project of growth. And in this project, temple becomes more than a metaphor and solidarity is more than a virtue or a survival technique. The implications of this interpretation for understanding church identity, Christian growth, and mission in the still heavily individualistic Western world are tremendous.» (Philip H. Towner, Director of Translation Services, United Bible Societies, Reading, United Kingdom; Honorary Lecturer in New Testament, University of St Andrews, Scotland)
«Systematic theology rightly stresses the role of sanctification in Scripture and especially in Paul but usually conceives of it individualistically. Biblical scholarship abounds in social-scientific study that stresses the corporate solidarity of ancient cultures and of God’s people but focuses little on sanctification. James M. Howard presents exemplary exegetical and biblical theology to show how sanctification in the Bible and particularly the Pauline corpus requires active participation in the community of believers, as both a key locus and essential means for growing in holiness. A must read for any who are in the least bit tempted to try to make ‘lone-ranger’ Christianity viable.» (Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary)

About the Author

The Author: James M. Howard, a former missionary with Cadence International in Germany, is Director of the Southern Colorado Center and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies for Colorado Christian University, Colorado, and Visiting Professor of New Testament at LIFE Institute in Madurai, India. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, Texas.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Commentary Surveyor on April 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Emphasizes that progressive sanctification is necessarily obtained through involvement in the church community. Unfortunately, at $69.95 retail (218 pp.), it may take a community to purchase it! Pastors, particularly, should bite the bullet and purge their annual book budget for this one. Major kudos from Craig Blomberg in the online Denver Journal at
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Storey on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Howard seems to have a hobby horse that he is promoting through a shallow sweep of recent theological trends and Bible verses. He develops his thesis on unsubstantiated arguments and correlations. Sure, the Bible supports the notion that there is a need for Christians to exist in community, but Howard's thesis, however, provides no plausible causal link between Christian community and sanctification. Thorough, exegetical study of appropriate verses reveals that sanctification is in the hands of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.
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