Paul and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament  -     By: Steve Moyise
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There are over one hundred explicit quotations of Scripture in Paul's letters and at least two hundred allusions. The coming of Jesus and the birth of the church caused Paul to look at the Scriptures with new eyes, sometimes clarifying what was written and sometimes reinterpreting it.

Paul and Scripture illuminates Paul's use of the Old Testament, providing a big-picture overview for students of the New Testament. Steve Moyise, a recognized expert on the use of the Old Testament in the New, discusses Paul's handling of creation stories, Abraham, Moses, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. He then assesses competing contemporary approaches to Paul's interpretations of Scripture.

Contents

Introduction
1. Paul and the Creation Stories
2. Paul and Abraham
3. Paul and Moses
4. Paul and the Law
5. Paul and the Prophets: Israel and the Gentiles
6. Paul and the Prophets: The Life of the Christian Community
7. Paul and the Writings
8. Modern Approaches to Paul's Use of Scripture
Appendix 1: Paul's Quotations from Isaiah
Appendix 2: Index of Paul's Quotations
Appendix 3: Extracts from the Dead Sea Scrolls
Indexes

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Baker Academic
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 080103924X
ISBN-13: 9780801039249
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Publisher's Description

There are over one hundred explicit quotations of Scripture in Paul's letters and at least two hundred allusions. The coming of Jesus and the birth of the church caused Paul to look at the Scriptures with new eyes, sometimes clarifying what was written and sometimes reinterpreting it. This volume illuminates Paul's use of the Old Testament, providing a big-picture overview for students of the New Testament. Steve Moyise, a recognized expert on the use of the Old Testament in the New, discusses Paul's handling of creation stories, Abraham, Moses, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. He then assesses competing contemporary approaches to Paul's interpretations of Scripture.

Author Bio

Steve Moyise (PhD, University of Birmingham) is professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester, in Chichester, England. He is author of The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation, The Old Testament in the New, and Evoking Scripture: Seeing the Old Testament in the New. He is also coeditor with Maarten Menken of a series exploring the way particular Old Testament books are used in the New Testament, including Psalms in the New Testament, Isaiah in the New Testament, Deuteronomy in the New Testament, and The Minor Prophets in the New Testament.

Endorsements

"Moyise combines his thorough knowledge of the field with his skills as a communicator to provide an eminently accessible and thoroughly up-to-date discussion of Paul's quotations from the Scriptures of Israel and of the scholarly debates surrounding them. It will be one of the first books I will want my students to read on the subject."
--Roy E. Ciampa
Associate Professor of New Testament
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Moyise, one of the leading international scholars on the subject of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament, asks how each of the main features of Paul's teaching grows out of and interacts with the Hebrew Scriptures. Moyise illuminates well how Scripture functioned for the first great Christian theologian without ignoring the various questions that such treatment still raises both for students of Paul and for those who ask how Scripture should function today."
--James D. G. Dunn
Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity
Durham University

"Steve Moyise, already well known for his work on the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, here provides a clear and accessible guide to Paul's use of Scripture and to recent scholarly discussion of this important topic. Students in particular will welcome this helpful overview, with its lucid explanations and fair survey of the field."
--David G. Horrell
Professor of New Testament Studies
University of Exeter

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  1. Abram KJ
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    "There are over 100 explicit quotations of Scripture in Paul's letters and at least double that number of allusions. However, what is potentially more useful than just citing Paul's answers to first-century questions is to study how Paul interpreted Scripture, and that is the theme of this book" (Moyise 1).

    In 160 packed pages Moyise surveys Paul's use of the Hebrew Bible/Septuagint.

    Moyise's approach is a thematic one, rather than book-by-book. This helps the reader focus on how Paul treated the same topic across his various letters.

    The author begins with an introduction to Paul, his "conversion" experience, his missionary activity, and a wonderful problematizing of the issue: because Paul was familiar with Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic versions of Scripture, "[W]hen Paul introduces a phrase or sentence with an introductory formula (IF) such as `it is written', we have to ask ourselves which version of the Scriptures he has in mind" (10). For Paul "would not have had our concept of `Bible', a bound volume of 66 books (for Protestants) residing on his bookshelf" (10).

    Moyise keeps his and the reader's eye on this issue throughout Paul and Scripture. He explores how Paul used:

    *"The figure of Adam" and creation accounts (with Christ as a Second Adam)

    *The story of Abraham, including a brief but helpful look at "Abraham in Jewish tradition"

    *Moses-"an ambiguous figure for Paul. He speaks to God face to face, but his use of a veil is interpreted as a lack of openness" (59)

    *The law. This was perhaps the most interesting section of the book, as Moyise surveyed not only Paul's use of Scripture, but how modern theologians have tried to make sense of what looks on first glance like conflicting statements about the law.

    *The prophets-both to develop a theology of Israel and the Gentiles, and to provide instructions for how the Christian community should live

    *The Psalms, Proverbs, and Job

    The final chapter is a more detailed survey dealing with "modern approaches to Paul's use of Scripture," which Moyise divides into "an intertextual approach," "a narrative approach," and "a rhetorical approach" (111 ff.).

    Appendices include a focus on Paul's quotations from Isaiah, an index of Paul's quotations of Scripture, and pertinent excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    The book is accessible to a non-scholar or non-specialist in this field, though it will require some work. Due to the book's brevity, and what I assume was Moyise's desire to still cover all the proper territory, the book is dense. This means that even a short volume like this will be a great reference to me for some time, as I seek to better understand the ways in which Paul used the Old Testament, and the ways in which Christians have tried to make sense of that use for some 2,000 years, especially recently.

    The gray shaded boxes throughout explain key concepts such as the Septuagint, Origen's Hexapla, Greek grammar, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and so on. As with Moyise's other books in this series, one does not need to know Greek or Hebrew to read Paul and Scripture, but he does not hesitate to use transliterated Greek to aid his explanation.

    I have begun to appreciate Moyise's even-handedness in presenting various viewpoints and interpretations. Even when discussing potentially controversial aspects of Paul (which books Paul authored, the "New Perspective," or the idea of some that Paul actually exhibited "contradictory" and inconsistent views of the law), Moyise is fair and presents the various views in a way that the reader is left to consider them for herself or himself. (And the reader knows where to go to find more.)

    One thing that seems rare in a work like this is that Moyise generally writes out a Scripture he is citing, rather than just placing a slew of references in parentheses for the reader to slowly work through. This latter method is not all bad, but Moyise's quotation or summation of the references he cites makes for a smooth read.

    I found helpful Moyise's employment of "an eclectic view, using whatever methods or approaches were helpful for understanding the particular quotation" (111). Moyise doesn't conclusively answer all the questions that arise when studying Paul's use of Scripture, nor does he seek to. He hopes "that this book has both laid a foundation and stimulated an interest to go on and read further" (125), a mission he very much has accomplished (at least in this reader) with Paul and Scripture.

    Thank you to Baker Academic for providing me with a review copy of the book.
  2. M. Lewis
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 7, 2010
    M. Lewis
    A great introduction to the basic issues and interpretive issues involved in studying the use of the OT in the letters of Paul. Moyise looks at the major modern interpreters and brings the student up-to-date on bibliographic materials, theories, and scholarly consensus. He also adds brief, but informative evaluations of the major approaches.
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