Ask the average person in the pew about the “new perspective on Paul” and they probably won’t know what you are talking about. Once you explain it they are likely to say something like “So what?” Well, to answer that question you’ll want to offer them The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica (Baker Academic). Here’s the catalog description:
“The ‘new perspective’ on Paul, an approach that seeks to reinterpret the apostle Paul and his letters against the backdrop of first-century Judaism, has been criticized by some as not having value for ordinary Christians living ordinary lives. In this volume, world-renowned scholars explore the implications of the new perspective on Paul for the Christian life and church. James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright, Bruce Longenecker, Scot McKnight, and other leading New Testament scholars offer a response to this question: How does the apostle Paul understand the Christian life? The book makes a fresh contribution to the new perspective on Paul conversation and offers important new insights into the orientation of the Christian life.”
Watch for this next March. It will be a paperback with 240 pages and sell for $22.99
Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, is a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker. His blog, Jesus Creed, is one of the most popular and influential evangelical blogs. He is the author or editor of fifty books, including Kingdom Conspiracy, The Jesus Creed, The Blue Parakeet, The King Jesus Gospel, and Sermon on the Mount. McKnight is also a canon theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others.
Joseph B. Modica (PhD, Drew University) is university chaplain and associate professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor, with Scot McKnight, of Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies.