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How does Paul fare in the church after his death---both in the past and the present? Beker provides the all-important answer, releasing the apostle from his "historical straightjacket" and calling us to release the power of the Pauline gospel to the world. Stimulating and timely. 146 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
In this book, the author discusses the reception of Paul in the modern day church, and argues that Paul and his gospel are the least understood parts of the New Testament in the church today. Beker examines the deutero-Pauline literature to reveal how the earliest churches received Paul's message. Refreshingly, Beker doesn't assume that the deutero-Pauline letters are a corruption of Paul's message. Rather, Beker's reconstruction reveals the ways Paul's gospel was adapted to the particular situations of the deutero-Pauline texts, and this becomes a model for the church today in receiving Paul afresh.