“Thinking Through Paul” Is Distinct Among Pauline Resources in 7 Ways
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In September we were pleased to release the monumental new book by Bruce Longnecker and Todd Still, Thinking Through Paul. The book is designed to help students grasp Paul’s life, letters, and theology, and it’s distinctive among Pauline studies resources because its scope is just as deep as it is wide.
In today’s video Longenecker describes 7 ways the book is distinct:
Covers Paul’s life, letters, and theology; Probes representative passages from each letter to show what it is trying to do; Holds the historical and theological dimensions in tension; Paints a complex, nuanced, and intricate picture of Pauline theology; Encourages students to think through Paul to analyze their own situations; Offers questions for class discussion or essays; Quotes leading historical and…
Thinking Through Paul: A Deep, Accessible, Visual Survey of the Apostle’s Life, Letters, & Theology
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On Tuesday we released a new survey of the Apostle Paul, Thinking Through Paul. As co-author Todd Still explains, his and Bruce Longenecker’s guide is a deep, visual, and accessible book.
A Deep Book
While the text is a survey, Still explains “It’s not superficial. We treat in some degree of detail the topics that we take up, be it Paul’s life, Paul’s letter, Paul’s theology.”
They look at Paul’s missionary strategy. They go deep into Paul’s letters. And they consider Paul’s theology in multi-faceted ways.
A Visual Book
Unique to this Pauline survey, Still shares “For those who are visual learners, Thinking Through Paul is their kind of text.”
The layout of the book is remarkable.…
My Advice to Students — Todd Still Says, “Be Open to Criticism & to Being Surprised”
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I still remember the first time I received back a graded, marked-up seminary paper. It was on the Judah and Tamar narrative of Genesis 28 for Biblical Hermeneutics.
Let’s just say my tuition dollars padded the red pen expense account!
While none of us love a margin full of track changes or red comments, Todd Still, author of Thinking Through Paul, insists we need such criticism to sharpen our thinking. “It’s important to be open to constructive criticism,” he advises in the first of two pieces of advice.
Pivoting toward our studying and devotional life, he then urges students to come to the text expecting it to be surprised: “Great students are not only curious students, but all…
3 Aspects of Paul’s Moral Ethos: Freedom, Responsibility, and Self-Giving — Excerpt from “Thinking Through Paul”
On Tuesday we examined the question, What kind of thinker was Paul? Today we extend that examination by exploring the end of Paul’s thinking. Because as Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still explain in their new book, Thinking Through Paul, that end isn’t thinking itself, but acting.
Paul’s theological discourse is intricately connected to his attempts to influence the character of Jesus groups and the Jesus-followers within those groups. For Paul, theologizing on the grand scale is never an end in itself, but it serves to inform the kind of people Christians should be and the kind of decisions that they should make in their individual and corporate lives. (pg. 350)
Paul’s theologizing was meant to inspire a moral ethos—an atmosphere which inspired the character of the church. The excerpt below explores three aspects of this…
What Kind of Thinker Was Paul? Less Theologian, More Theologizer
As a boy, he was fascinated “by Paul’s missionary achievements, particularly his extensive travels and his success in establishing Christianity in Europe.” (TAP, xv)
As a university student, Dunn’s fascination deepened as he began to appreciate Paul as a theologian. “The combination of profound theological reflection and sensitive grappling with all too real human problems, of out-spoken argument and pastoral insight, ‘found me’ at many points.” (TAP, xv)
As a lecturer, he has been “constantly drawn back to him” and has “probed more and more aspects of Paul’s theology.”
Dunn’s retrospective on his relationship with Paul mirrors the feelings…