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Paul and the New Perspective : Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel Paperback – November 8, 2001


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (November 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802849741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802849748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seyoon Kim is professor of New Testament and associate dean for the Korean D.Min. program at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Among his other books are The Origin of Paul’s Gospel, “The Son of Man” as the Son of God, and Paul and the New Perspective.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on April 19, 2005
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This book is a good and scholarly critique of the New Perspective on Paul (e.g., Sanders, Raisanen, Dunn, and Wright). This book which is an offshoot of Kim's previous work "The Origin of Paul's Gospel" further extends and updates the debate regarding Second Temple Judaism, the Law, and Paul's view of justification. Kim's main thesis is that the Gospel preached by Paul in his letters was the same Gospel he received from the Lord Jesus Christ on the Damascus road--that salvation is to extend to the Gentiles and is received by grace/faith alone apart from the works of the Law. Kim heavily interacts with the views of James D. G. Dunn. To Dunn and other New Perspectivists Paul preached the message of salvation by grace/faith alone as a reaction against the Jewish exclusivists (in Antioch, Galatia, etc.) and that he formulated this doctrine (salvation by grace/faith alone) much after his Damascus road experience (in fact, the whole first chapter is an intense examination and critique of Dunn's view). In chapter two, Kim argues persuasively that Paul taught salvation by grace/faith alone in one of his earliest epistles--1 Thessalonians. This proves that Paul did NOT develop this doctrine years later in reaction to the Jewish exclusivists (or Judaizers). In chapter three, Kim shows that Paul used Isaiah 42 as a way of telling his readers that he is an Apostle commissioned by God (through the endowment of the Spirit) and was representing Christ during his ministry. In chapter four, Kim deals with the relationship between the Spirit and the Law. This chapter is probably the best in the book. According to Kim, Paul saw the Law as obsolete and powerless to bring about obedience among sinners (including the Jews). What was needed was a transformation of the heart and the indwelling of the Spirit.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Vanderberg on April 3, 2009
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As someone who (almost a year after reading this book) is drawn to the New Perspective understanding of Paul, this is the best critique of it from the traditional/reformed perspective view. Kim is incredibly insightful into his own work on the biblical texts, and engages James Dunn the most thoroughly by pointing out the holes in Dunn's work (and some of that of others). Dunn and other NP people have had to do some clearing up in their views because of this book. I like this book, even though it's against the NP view, because Kim takes seriously how Paul is using the OT and the law in his theology.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Anderson on September 10, 2005
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With this one-start with the summaries and then read the chapter. Hard stuff. Kim's book was foundational for me because it showed me (convincingly) that Paul's Damascus road event shaped his theology, Christian faith, and writings. I wish there was something like this on the lay-level (Ah, a future book project for me!), but there isn't. The closest is Richard Gaffin's book, Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology: A Study in Paul's Soteriology (P&R Press, 1993). Kim's book helped form my exegetical method, while showing me how Paul developed his.
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