Moral Formation According to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics
Out of Stock This product is no longer available and cannot be added to your cart. We apologize for this inconvenience
Stock No: WW039020
Baker Academic / 2011 / Paperback

Moral Formation According to Paul: The Context and Coherence of Pauline Ethics

Baker Academic / 2011 / Paperback

Stock No: WW039020

  • Other Formats (1)
Other Formats (1)
  1. In Stock
    Retail: $27.00
    Add To Cart

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801039029
ISBN-13: 9780801039027

Related Products

  1. Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians
    Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians
    Kenneth E. Bailey
    IVP Academic / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    $22.49 Retail: $35.00 Save 36% ($12.51)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
  2. Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, 2nd edition
    Interpreting the Pauline Epistles, 2nd edition
    Thomas R. Schreiner
    Baker Academic / 2011 / Trade Paperback
    $18.49 Retail: $22.00 Save 16% ($3.51)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
  3. Paul and His Letters
    Paul and His Letters
    John B. Polhill
    B&H Books / 1999 / Hardcover
    $24.99 Retail: $34.99 Save 29% ($10.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
  4. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
    Dictionary of Paul and His Letters: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
    G.F. Hawthorne, R.P. Martin & D.G. Reid, eds.
    InterVarsity Press / 1993 / Hardcover
    $38.99 Retail: $60.00 Save 35% ($21.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews

Publisher's Description

This fresh treatment of Paul's ethics addresses this question: how, according to Paul, can Christian communities know how God wants them to live? Leading biblical scholar James Thompson explains that Paul offers a coherent moral vision based not only on the story of Christ but also on the norms of the law. Paul did not live with a sharp dichotomy of law and gospel and recognized the continuing importance of the law. Thompson makes a distinctive contribution by locating the roots of Paul's concrete ethical thought in Hellenistic Judaism rather than Hellenistic moral philosophy. Students of New Testament ethics and Pauline theology will value this work.

Author Bio

James W. Thompson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is the Robert and Kay Onstead Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and associate dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. His books include Pastoral Ministry according to Paul and Hebrews in Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament.


Books on the moral life according to Paul are relatively scarce. We can be grateful to Thompson for his lucid and readable survey of moral transformation in Paul. Comparing and contrasting Paul's moral vision with both Greco-Roman and Hellenistic writers provides an illuminating social context in which to interpret Paul.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In his bracing book, Thompson argues that a coherence to Paul's ethical instruction is found in Paul's stress on the corporate nature of Christian morality. He holds that the church, a countercultural community, is demarcated by its adherence to commandments of the Law viewed through the lens of the Love Commandment. Thompson thinks that the topics of Paul's moral instruction, from the earliest catechesis of converts onward, are those of Jewish moral teaching based on the Torah. He is thoroughly conversant with scholarship on Pauline ethics, but his focus is on a close reading of Pauline texts. The book will be useful to pastors and students and provocative to fellow scholars.
-Abraham J. Malherbe,
Buckingham Professor Emeritus of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University

This important study locates moral formation squarely at the heart of Paul's letters--not by replacing 'theology' with 'ethics' but by demonstrating that Paul's agenda was in fact the moral transformation of his communities. Thompson traces the roots of Paul's moral teaching in the Old Testament and the story of Christ and exposes his indebtedness more to Hellenistic Judaism than to Greco-Roman moral philosophy. Crucially, he positions Paul's writings in another 'context,' in communities of people who have begun new life in Christ, who await the final day, and for whom the present is about metamorphosis into a moral counterculture. Thompson does not try to answer all of our present-day questions; instead, he marks well the path for anyone wanting to explore the contours and coherence of Paul's moral vision.
-Joel B. Green,
Editor of Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics; professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary

Product Reviews

Be the first to write a review!

Ask a Question

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review


Ask a Question

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.