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Making Sense of Paul: A Basic Introduction to Pauline Theology Paperback – February 1, 2000

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About the Author

Virginia Wiles is associate professor of New Testament at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Besides writing this volume, she has also edited, with Alexandra Brown and Graydon Snyder, Putting Body and Soul Together: Essays in Honor of Robin Scroggs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156563117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565631175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,337,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Virginia Wiles has composed a workbook aimed at readers with at least a Sunday school knowledge of the New Testament, but quickly deconstructs that knowledge by giving a series of redefinitions of the Apostle Paul's terminology, i.e. salvation, justification, righteousness, law, and the like. Written in the form resembling a self-teaching text, Wiles inserts 'sidebars' of review questions, reader response queries, and modern application scenarios. Her approach should not be offensive to the non-Christian, but does challenge many traditional views of evangelical Christianity as she approaches her subject with a "This is the real Paul-take him or leave him" attitude. Especially thought-provoking is her take on Paul's seemingly contradictory views of the Mosiac Law-that one is condemned by not following it, but is also condemned by following it. Dr. Wiles has fired an opening salvo at the traditionalists who try to fit the square peg of Paul's theology into the round hole of the standard repent-be forgiven-be restored cycle which she, and according to her book, Paul, says won't work. She makes a strong case that Paul's definition of the Christian experience requires a much more radical approach in order for the individual to attain the goal of 'shalom' for oneself, the Christian community, and the entire created order.
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Being a college student with not much time, Wiles makes Paul simple and yet deep, but doesn't take a lot of pages for each chapter to explain her arguments, which is important. I believe Wiles has done a good job at making Paul's thoughts easy to understand and interesting. I really like the fact that she gives an overall view at Paul, from history to theology. A must buy for any student or even Pastor.
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Great!
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Product was in good quality and it was received in a timely matter after the order was placed. I was also happy that the book was very gently used.
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Too many writings inside.
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