Scriptures, Texts, and Tracings in 2 Corinthians and Philippians
Scholars explore how the Apostle Paul quotes, alludes to, or "echoes" the Jewish Scriptures in these two letters.
Dr. Das has been listed among twenty-five leading Pauline theorists of the last century in the textbook “Perspectives Old and New on Paul.” Another recent text, “Approaches to Paul,” devotes a section to his work. He represented one of the schools of Pauline studies in Paul in Perspective: Five Views (Baker, 2020). He has authored several books with leading publishers in biblical studies: “Solving the Romans Debate” (Fortress, 2007), Paul and the Jews (Hendrickson, 2003), Paul, the Law, and the Covenant (Hendrickson, 2001), Galatians (808 pages, Concordia Academic, 2014), and Paul and the Stories of Israel: Grand Thematic Narratives in Galatians (Fortress, 2016).
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At a time when ‘subtexts’ and ‘implicit narratives’ are all the rage, Das insists on some core scholarly virtues: rigorous method, unforced exegesis, and the careful weighing of evidence. Although many of the hypotheses he tests come up short, Das’s argument is not simply negative. His many fruitful suggestions, alongside his wise words of caution, deserve careful attention from all readers of Galatians.
The majority of Das's book contains a careful and insightful interpretation of central Pauline texts on the law. The exegesis is lucid, well-argued, and wonderfully conversant with modern scholarship. Das is not satisfied with traditional or newer conclusions, but re-examines the textual evidence carefully to discern what Paul says. Even those who disagree with Das will have to reckon with and respond to his reading of the evidence.
By focusing on the apocalyptic dimension of Paul’s thought, Das makes Paul’s argument in Galatians accessible to a new generation of Christians by showing that the fundamental issue underlying the dispute between Paul and the rival missionaries was not works righteousness but what happened in Christ: the Christ event was not an event of the old age but the beginning of a new age that requires a corresponding change in one’s life.