Further Reading on the New Perspective

Short Introductions

N. T. Wright's What Saint Paul Really Said (Lion, 1997) not only outlines his version of the new perspective on Paul, but also includes a helpful discussion of Paul's view of Christ. Wright's book Paul: In Fresh Perspective (Fortress, 2006) combines this new perspective with his views on Paul's challenge to the Roman Empire. Peter Stuhlmacher and Don Hagner, Revisiting Paul's Doctrine of Justification: A Challenge to the New Perspective (InterVarsity, 2001), offer a critique of the broader new perspective movement from the more traditional camp.

Popular Commentaries

N. T. Wright has produced a series of New Testament commentaries in his For Everyone series (Westminster John Knox). Galatians and Thessalonians (2004) and Romans 1-8 (2004) cover issues related to the new perspective. John Stott's The Message of Romans (InterVarsity, 1994) in the Bible Speaks Today series interacts with and criticizes the new perspective in his characteristically accessible style.

Scholarly Discussions

E. P. Sanders's Paul and Palestinian Judaism (Fortress, 1977) set the ball rolling. James D. G. Dunn's The Theology of Paul the Apostle (Eerdmans, 1998) applies Sanders's evaluation of early Judaism to Paul. More critical are the two volumes edited by D. A. Carson, Peter T. O'Brien, and Mark A. Seifrid, Justification and Variegated Nomism (Baker, 2001, 2004). Stephen Westerholm's Perspectives Old and New on Paul (Eerdmans, 2004) is also useful.

Scholarly Commentaries

On the new perspective side, James D. G. Dunn has done the most to apply his views to commentaries. See his two-volume Romans 1-8, 9-16 (Thomas Nelson, 1988), and Galatians (Hendrickson, 1993). Valuable criticisms of the new perspective can be found in Douglas J. Moo's ...

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