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Tim Gombis has painted a picture of the apostle Paul by applying the fresh paint of recent scholarship to a traditional canvas of authorship and history. The results are a careful exposition of important issues that winsomely engages a variety of viewpoints and a book that will orient a new generation of students to the latest scholarly conversations about Paul. — J.R. Daniel Kirk, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA.

Just when scholarly discussion on the Apostle Paul hasproduced an intricate tangle of debate, Timothy Gombis rescues thenon-specialist by providing a delightfully accessible book on Paul. Siftingcarefully through the best scholarship, Gombis presents a clear, fresh, andcompelling portrait of Paul's theological framework. For those needing ahelpful roadmap for locating Paul's life and theology, this is the place tobegin. And for those who assume the road is all too familiar, Gombis offersplenty of welcome surprises. — Justin K. Hardin, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, UK.

Seminal reading for teachers and students in post-sixteen education... I also commend the volume to Christian and inter-faith groups. — Theological Book Review

This short work succeeds in giving a succinct overview of aspects of Pauline thought, unencumbered by complex scholarly apparatus. Sanford Lakoff

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Timothy G. Gombis (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Product Details

  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark; 1 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567033945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567033949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have finally found an excellent introductory text for my New Testament classes. "Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed," by Timothy G. Gombis, achieves a number of hard to find objectives. Teaching religious studies at a state university provides the challenge of finding sources that cover a number of scholarly approaches to Pauline studies without being too advanced for undergraduate students. Having required this book for the fall 2010 semester, Gombis' text has met and exceeded my expectations. First, the scholarly material is presented in an even-handed fashion. This is important to me with such an eclectic group of university students. Second, the book's length is perfect--145 pages of material. This is a length that most students will actually read! Third, the text is well written and self-explanatory with respect to technical aspects of Pauline studies. Fourth, Gombis goes to great lengths to situate differing Pauline addresses in local contexts. This is immensely helpful in teaching students the primary interpretive task of "context." Not only do I give this book my highest recommendation, I would suggest giving it a try in introductory courses on New Testament and Pauline studies.
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This is a necessary book for any pastor, seminary student desiring to understand Paul better. Gombis gives a great overview of a vast range of Pauline topics, making this book both practical and helpful.
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