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Spring 2015 · Vol. 44 No. 1 · pp. 91–101 

Recommended Reading

Recent Studies of Paul: A Selected, Classified Bibliography

Vic Froese

Over 3,000 academic articles about the Apostle Paul were published in the last fifteen years. Compared to Jesus, who had over 9,600 articles written about him in that time, Paul is a small figure. But compared to St. Augustine (1000 articles), Thomas Aquinas (2,200) Martin Luther (2000), and Jean Calvin (2000), he has good reason to boast. That his letters should continue to command so much critical attention 2,000 years after he wrote them is astonishing and testifies to both his importance to Western Christianity and the difficulty of pinning him down on the questions to which we would most like him to give clear answers.

This bibliography covers books published in the years from 2000 to 2015, although a few listed here were published late in the previous century. To make the list more manageable, I ignored the 3,000 journal articles referenced above and limited myself to selected monographs. The time span I chose is somewhat arbitrary but covers the later years of the “new perspective” period (see “New Perspective(s)”) and takes us into approaches that focus on Paul’s politics and his implied critique of the Roman imperial order. The latter paradigms have spawned numerous studies in recent years, and I’ve listed many of them here (see “Paul and Politics”).

But the “new Paul” and the “political Paul” have not by any means swept away more conventional historical, cultural, exegetical, and theological studies, as the considerable number of books listed under “Culture, Ethics, Spirituality, Theology” indicates. Books like Kenneth Bailey’s Paul Thorough Mediterranean Eyes and Richard Walsh’s Finding St. Paul in Film suggest the range of research still being done. Another section lists feminist-inspired works and those centered on gender issues (“Feminism, {92} Marriage, Sexuality”). Writers in these camps continue to find new directions from which to come at Paul’s letters, more evidence, if needed, of the fecundity of the apostle’s words.

A newer development is the interest some European philosophers have taken in Paul (see “Paul and Contemporary Philosophers”). It’s not clear whether this fascination signals that we are moving to something beyond the postmodern or just into a religiously sympathetic but still deeply skeptical phase of it. In any case, after many years of theologians borrowing from secular philosophies, how nice to have philosophers seriously engaging one of the primary sources of Christian theology.

Of course a major site of Christian engagement with Paul is the Bible commentary. In the interest of concision I have listed only volumes in the Luminaire Studies (Kindred) and the Believers Church Bible Commentary (Herald Press) that deal with Paul’s letters. (Neither series covers the entire corpus of Pauline epistles at this time.)

A certain messiness rules this bibliography. These books offer clarifications and elucidations, but also complications. Perhaps this is not so unlike the Spirit-led meetings Paul envisioned for the Corinthian church. Order is necessary, but too much squelches the life-giving Spirit. I’ll let readers decide whether or not a productive tension between the orderly abstract and the messy practical has been achieved here.

NEW PERSPECTIVE(S)

  • Campbell, Douglas A., Luke Timothy Johnson, Mark D. Nanos, Thomas R. Schreiner. Four Views on the Apostle Paul. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
  • Donaldson, Terence L. Paul and the Gentiles: Remapping the Apostle’s Convictional World. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997.
  • Dunn, James D. G. Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
  • ———. Jesus, Paul, and the Law: Studies in Mark and Galatians. London: SPCK, 1990.
  • ———. The New Perspective on Paul. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • ———. The Theology of Paul the Apostle. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998. {93}
  • Ehrensperger, Kathy. That We May Be Mutually Encouraged: Feminism and the New Perspective in Pauline Studies. New York: T & T Clark International, 2004.
  • Gager, John G. Reinventing Paul. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Given, Mark Douglas. Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2010.
  • Harink, Douglas. Paul among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology beyond Christendom and Modernity. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2003.
  • Harink, Douglas, and Joshua Davis, eds. Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology: With and beyond J. Louis Martyn. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
  • Kim, Seyoon. Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul’s Gospel. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Koperski, Veronica. What Are They Saying about Paul and the Law? New York: Paulist Press, 2001.
  • Martyn, J. Louis. Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. The Anchor Bible, Vol. 33A. New York: Doubleday, 1997.
  • ———. Theological Issues in the Letters of Paul. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1997.
  • Nanos, Mark D. The Irony of Galatians: Paul’s Letter in First-Century Context. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.
  • ———. The Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul’s Letter. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.
  • Nanos, Mark D., and Magnus Zetterholm, eds. Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  • Piper, John. The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007. {94}
  • Sanders, E. P. Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion. London: Philadephia, PA: SCM; Fortress, 1977.
  • ———. Paul: A Very Short Introduction. Very Short Introductions 42. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • ———. Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress, 1983.
  • Stendahl, Krister. Paul among Jews and Gentiles, and Other Essays. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976.
  • Watson, Francis. Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles: Beyond the New Perspective. Rev. and expanded ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Westerholm, Stephen. Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013.
  • ———. Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • ———. Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Wright, N. T. Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.
  • ———. Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Christian Origins and the Question of God. Vol. 4. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013.
  • ———. Pauline Perspectives: Essays on Paul, 1978–2013. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.
  • ———. Paul: In Fresh Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005.

PAUL AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHERS

  • Agamben, Giorgio. The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans. Translated by Patricia Dailey. Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2005.
  • Azzam, Abed. Nietzsche versus Paul. Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. {95}
  • Badiou, Alain. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. Translated by Ray Brassier. Cultural Memory in the Present. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003.
  • Blanton, Ward, and Hent de Vries, eds. Paul and the Philosophers. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.
  • Breton, Stanislas. A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul. Translated by Joseph N. Ballan. Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
  • Caputo, John D., and Linda Martin Alcoff, eds. St. Paul among the Philosophers. Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
  • Frick, Peter, et al. Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.
  • Fuggle, Sophie. Foucault/Paul: Subjects of Power. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Harink, Douglas, ed. Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision: Critical Engagements with Agamben, Badiou, Žižek, and Others. Theopolitical Visions 7. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010.
  • Milbank, John, Slavoj Žižek, and Creston Davis. Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2010.
  • Miller, Adam S. Badiou, Marion, and St. Paul: Immanent Grace. London; New York: Continuum, 2008.
  • Nicolet-Anderson, Valérie. Constructing the Self: Thinking with Paul and Michel Foucault. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 324. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012.
  • Odell-Scott, David W. Reading Romans with Contemporary Philosophers and Theologians. Romans through History and Cultures Series. New York: T & T Clark, 2007.
  • Žižek, Slavoj. The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. {96}

PAUL AND POLITICS

  • Blumenfeld, Bruno. The Political Paul: Justice, Democracy and Kingship in a Hellenistic Framework. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. Supplement Series 210. London; New York: T & T Clark, 2003.
  • Crossan, John Dominic, and Jonathan L. Reed. In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.
  • Ehrensperger, Kathy. Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement. London: Continuum, 2007.
  • Elliott, Neil. The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
  • ———. Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1994.
  • Georgi, Dieter. Theocracy in Paul’s Praxis and Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.
  • Horsley, Richard A., ed. Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.
  • ———, ed. Paul and Politics: Ekklesia, Israel, Imperium, Interpretation: Essays in Honor of Krister Stendahl. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.
  • ———, ed. Paul and the Roman Imperial Order. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2004.
  • Jennings, Theodore W. Outlaw Justice: The Messianic Politics of Paul. Cultural Memory in the Present. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.
  • Kim, Seyoon. Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Marchal, Joseph A. The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008. {97}
  • Stanley, Christopher D., ed. The Colonized Apostle: Paul through Postcolonial Eyes. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • Taubes, Jacob. The Political Theology of Paul. Translated by Dana Hollander. Cultural Memory in the Present. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004.
  • Walsh, Brian J., and Sylvia C. Keesmaat. Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004.
  • Zerbe, Gordon M. Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2012.

FEMINISM, MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY

  • Beattie, Gillian. Women and Marriage in Paul and His Early Interpreters. London; New York: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Dornisch, Loretta. Paul and Third World Women Theologians. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Dunning, Benjamin H. Specters of Paul: Sexual Difference in Early Christian Thought. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • Eastman, Susan G. Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Ehrensperger, Kathy. That We May Be Mutually Encouraged: Feminism and the New Perspective in Pauline Studies. New York: T & T Clark, 2004.
  • Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. Our Mother Saint Paul. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Grenholm, Cristina, and Daniel Patte. Gender, Tradition and Romans: Shared Ground, Uncertain Borders. Romans through History and Cultures Series. New York: T & T Clark, 2005.
  • Kirk, J. R. Daniel. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. Feminist Companion to the Deutero-Pauline Writings. London: Continuum, 2003. {98}
  • Lopez, Davina C. Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
  • Marchal, Joseph A. The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
  • Økland, Jorunn. Women in Their Place: Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Supplement series 269. London; New York: T & T Clark, 2004.
  • Watson, Francis. Agape, Eros, Gender: Towards a Pauline Sexual Ethic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Winter, Bruce W. Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of New Women and the Pauline Communities. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.

CULTURE, ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, THEOLOGY

  • Bailey, Kenneth E. Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • Bird, Michael F., and Joseph R. Dodson, eds. Paul and the Second Century. London; New York: T & T Clark, 2011.
  • Cameron, Ron, and Merrill P. Miller, eds. Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians. Early Christianity and Its Literature 5. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.
  • Carson, D. A., Peter Thomas O’Brien, and Mark A. Seifrid, eds. Justification and Variegated Nomism. 2 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001.
  • Collins, Raymond F. The Power of Images in Paul. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Eisenbaum, Pamela Michelle. Paul Was Not a Christian: The Real Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. New York: HarperOne, 2009.
  • Gorman, Michael J. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004. {99}
  • ———. Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009.
  • Grenholm, Cristina, and Daniel Patte, eds. Reading Israel in Romans: Legitimacy and Plausibility of Divergent Interpretations. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.
  • Gross, Nancy Lammers. If You Cannot Preach like Paul . . . Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Harrington, Daniel J. Paul and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
  • Hays, Richard B. The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Horrell, David G. Solidarity and Difference: A Contemporary Reading of Paul’s Ethics. London; New York: T & T Clark International, 2005.
  • Isaak, Jon M. New Testament Theology: Extending the Table. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  • McGinn, Sheila E., ed. Celebrating Romans: Template for Pauline Theology: Essays in Honor of Robert Jewett. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Porter, Stanley E., ed. Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman. Pauline Studies 5. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2008.
  • Reeves, Rodney. Spirituality according to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2011.
  • Ruden, Sarah. Paul among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time. New York: Pantheon Books, 2010.
  • Sampley, J. Paul, and Peter Lampe, eds. Paul and Rhetoric. T & T Clark Biblical Studies. New York; London: T & T Clark, 2010.
  • Schellenberg, Ryan S. Rethinking Paul’s Rhetorical Education: Comparative Rhetoric and 2 Corinthians 10–13. Early Christianity and Its Literature 10. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013. {100}
  • Schoberg, Gerry. Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul: A Historical Examination of Shared Core Commitments with a View to Determining the Extent of Paul’s Dependence on Jesus. Princeton Theological Monograph Series 190. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.
  • Scott, Ian W. Paul’s Way of Knowing: Story, Experience, and the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
  • Shillington, V. George. James and Paul: The Politics of Identity at the Turn of the Ages. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2015.
  • ———. Jesus and Paul before Christianity: Their World and Work in Retrospect. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  • Stanley, Christopher D. Paul and Scripture: Extending the Conversation. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.
  • Stirewalt, M. Luther. Paul, the Letter Writer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.
  • Thiselton, Anthony C. The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle’s Life and Thought. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.
  • Thompson, James. Moral Formation according to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • ———. Pastoral Ministry according to Paul: A Biblical Vision. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.
  • Wa Gatumu, Albert Kabiro. The Pauline Concept of Supernatural Powers: A Reading from the African Worldview. Paternoster Biblical Monographs. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2009.
  • Walsh, Richard G. Finding St. Paul in Film. New York: T & T Clark International, 2005.
  • Watson, Francis. Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith. London; New York: T & T Clark International, 2004. {101}

COMMENTARIES

Believers Church Bible Commentary

  • Brunk, George R., III. Galatians. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald, 2015.
  • Elias, Jacob W. 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, PA; Waterloo, ON: Herald, 1995.
  • Martin, Ernest D. Colossians, Philemon. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, PA; Waterloo, ON: Herald, 1993.
  • Neufeld, Thomas R. Yoder. Ephesians. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Waterloo, ON: Herald, 2002.
  • Shillington, V. George. 2 Corinthians. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 1998.
  • Toews, John E. Romans. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 2004.
  • Zehr, Paul M. 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, PA; Waterloo, ON: Herald, 2010.

Luminaire Studies

  • Bystrom, Raymond O. Living Today with an Eye for Eternity: Studies in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 2007.
  • Ewert, David. A Testament of Joy: Studies in Philippians. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 1995.
  • ———. The Church in a Pagan Society: Studies in 1 Corinthians. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 1986.
  • ———. When the Church Was Young: Studies in the Thessalonian Epistles. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 1993.
  • Isaak, Jon M. God Is One and God Is Fair: Studies in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 2006.
  • Penner, Erwin. The Power of God in a Broken World: Studies in Ephesians. Luminaire Studies. Winnipeg, MB; Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 1990.

For a fuller listing of published works on the new Paul, see Michael Bird’s “The New Perspective on Paul: A Bibliographical Essay,” last modified April 30, 2006, http://www.thepaulpage.com/the-new-perspective-on-paul-a-bibliographical-essay/.

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