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Paul: An Outline of His Theology Paperback – September 11, 1997
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"A mine of many treasures. . . Every student of New Testament theology will want to own and study this perceptive, comprehensive outline of Paul's theology."
"Among recent research on Paul, I consider Herman Ridderbos's book a standard. It offers extraordinary insights and information and presents an interpretation of Pauline theology that should be carefully considered and thoroughly discussed."
George Eldon Ladd
"At last we have a comprehensive, satisfying work on the theology of Paul, written by one who is probably the most outstanding evangelical New Testament scholar on the continent of Europe."
F. F. Bruce
"Ridderbos has devoted many years to studying Paul's writings in depth; he is also familiar with the main lines of Pauline research from F. C. Baur to our own contemporaries. He gives us his own exposition of Paul's thought and at the same time interacts with the interpretations of other scholars. . . A standard work."
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"In many ways this is the most comprehensive and thorough exposition of the teaching of the apostle Paul that I have ever read. It will stimulate thought and study by its originality at points, and even when it provokes some disagreement. The translation is most readable."
G. C. Berkouwer
"Paul's epistles demand intensive attention, and Ridderbos takes us along all the routes of the apostle's thinking. We are acquainted with his missionary journeys; how much more important his travels through the depths and riches of the gospel!"
"Here we find sound exegesis, perceptive analysis, profound insight, and a humble listening to the voice of Paul. This comprehensive study is not only highly recommended; it is a sine qua non for every student of the New Testament and its message.
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The attention to historical detail by which our author begins the book makes for a helpful introduction and context for what lies ahead. There is not only a summary of the key lines of interpretation, but the philosophical influences that undergird these positions.Read more ›
The concept is fascinating. Ridderbos presents what is essentially a systematic theology using Pauline references alone. Generally, a systematic theology treats the entire Bible topically but here Ridderbos uses only Pauline epistles. He addresses these major topics:
1. Main lines in the history of Pauline interpretation.
2. Fundamental structures (e.g., "fullness of time," "the old and the new man," "the last Adam," etc.)
3. The life in sin (somewhat corresponding to the Anthropology section of most systematic theology books)
4. The revelation of the righteousness of God (including justification by faith)
5. Reconciliation (including atonement)
6. The new life
7. The new obedience (including three uses of the Law, marriage, and subjection to civil authority)
8. The church as the people of God
9. The church as the body of Christ
10. Baptism and the Lord's Supper
11. The upbuilding of the church (including offices, worship, and gifts)
12. The Future of the Lord (generally corresponding to eschatology in most treatments of systematic theology)
Ridderbos is solidly Reformed. His presentation is very scholarly. It is worthwhile as a reference. 562 pages.
"...because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all have died." 2 Cor 5:14
Ridderbos firstly began with the elimination of the relevant non-Pauline texts which refer to Spirit baptism and may have a bearing on the polemic. An unhealthy preoccupation with 'the anointing' is rejected as he placed the undivided intent of those texts on the gift at regeneration, and definitely not a separate or second blessing: 'To our mind one will with the 'anointing' have to think directly of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38; 1 John 2:20, 27).' p 400 Furthermore, Ridderbos denied the prospect of regenerational baptism in stating that the proper perspective of baptism 'does not denote conversion.' p 404 A homiletical error that is often heard at baptismal events is the analogy that the baptized is himself/herself undergoing a symbolic burial and resurrection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is good, but the binding was not fully in tact as advertisedPublished 5 months ago by Wade L. Kuhlewind
Great resource. Wish I had time to read it through but I tend to use it to understand Paul's broader theology when I need it. Great book.Published on September 2, 2013 by Rev. Tim Locke