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Unique and informative,
This review is from: Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ (Pauline Theology) (Hardcover)
Schreiner has given us another excellent work-- this time a full Pauline theology. Though not as exhaustive as some theologies (e.g., J. Dunn's), Schreiner's is still highly recommended for the following reasons.
First, Schreiner avoids centering Pauline theology on just one reductionistic theme-- like justification, or life "in Christ", etc. Rather, Schreiner argues convincingly that the broad, multifacted nature of Paul's theology is best expressed as the glory of God in Christ. The pursuit of God's glory in Christ undergirds Paul's missionary zeal, the nature of human salvation, and everything else in the Pauline corpus. But this is not a simple theme-- it is broad and varied, and leaves room for considerable variation of focus in the Pauline epistles. Schreiner expresses dependence on John Piper for his focus.
Second, Schreiner offers a unique and informative chapter on the role of suffering in Paul's missionary work. This is an important theme that is often overlooked, but is necessary for a proper understanding of Paul's thought.
Third, this book is very clearly written. In fact, it is one of the clearest theology books I have read.
Overall, this book is highy recommended to anyone who is interested in Paul's theology.