Paul and the Jews
Paul and the Jews

The latest book in the Library of Pauline Studies series, Paul and the Jews examines the question, “How did Paul’s thinking compare with that of the Jews of his time? ” By providing a survey of the scholarly views on this question, Andrew Das offers the beginning Pauline student an entrance into the interesting world of Pauline studies and then presents his own conclusions to this pivotal question.


Arguing for a ‘newer perspective on Paul’s as a way to understand how the great Apostle viewed the Jewish people and their law in the light of Jesus Christ, Andrew Das has made a significant contribution to Pauline studies that will also serve as a firm exegetical footing for a constructive dialogue between Christians and Jews. Professor Das’s careful reading of Paul’s letters, especially Romans and Galatians, shows that while Paul affirms the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, Paul is not a super-sessionist. Paul and the Jews opens new vistas for those searching for an informed understanding of Paul’s thinking about Israel, its law, and its Messiah.

– Frank J. Matera, The Catholic University of America

The topic of Andrew Das’s new work requires that he address a whole series of issues that have proven controversial in recent Pauline scholarship: the two-covenant theory, the identification of the ‘weak’ and the ‘strong’ in Romans 14, the place of the law in the lives of Christians, and, of course, the ongoing debate between the ‘new perspective’ and traditional reading of Paul. All are tackled head-on in an accessible, informed, and balanced way. Das’s fresh – and thoughtful – proposals are sure to garner attention, and Paul’s impact on Jewish-Christian relations is the subject of stimulating reflections. A book for students and scholars alike.

– Stephen Westerholm, McMaster University

This book places itself in the midst of the discussion on the ‘New Look’ in Pauline studies, and makes an important contribution to that debate. Whether one is disposed to follow that way of seeing Paul’s theology or not, this book will surely provoke further reflection. Well written and cogently argued, it will reward a careful reading.

– Paul Achtemeier, Union Theological Seminary

Book Details:

Originally: Hendrickson Publishers

Barnes and Noble


ISBN-10: 0801045983

ISBN-13: 978-0801045981

Release Date: April 1, 2003


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