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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800624386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800624385
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bellizzi on April 14, 2014
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How should the letters of Paul be interpreted? Is there a key that will unlock the door to understanding? In The Triumph of God, the late J. Christiaan Beker, who then taught New Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, presented his answers to those questions. In 1980 Beker published Paul the Apostle: The Triumph of God in Life and Thought (Fortress Press, 1980), an insightful and provocative book which established him as a leading interpreter of the Apostle. In 1988, he issued a German, popular-level abridgment of the first book. His abridgment contains concepts from another of his previous works, Paul's Apocalyptic Gospel (Fortress, 1982). The Triumph of God is Loren T. Struckenbruck's translation of Beker's German work of 1988 with an appendix entitled "Paul the Theologian." Thus, the book under review was at the time Beker's recent, fresh, readable attempt to explain what Paul's letters were, and are, all about.

Following the preface, which introduces the reader to Beker's basic concepts, "Part One: The Pauline Letter" presents his answer to the question of identifying the universal truth conveyed in Paul's contingent, occasional letters. Beker explains that this historical enterprise has often sacrificed the contingency and particularity of Paul's letters in order to gain coherence and "catholicity," which other attempts to interpret Paul conjecture too much. He critiques what he calls the "catholic solution" in which the author of Acts is said to have reduced the entirety of Paul's thought to a minimum. This solution stands behind several textual variants among Paul's letters which would give them a more universal appeal.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen K. Bowen on December 11, 2014
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Very thorough theologic view of Paul's writings.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Robinson on July 14, 2007
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great work of scholarship by a great churchman. The translation is germanic and requires a slow reading to get the meaning of some terms.
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