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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780830895632
ISBN-13: 9780830895632

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Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Pauline Studies) Ever since E. P. Sanders published Paul and Palestinian Judaism in 1977, students of Paul have been probing, weighing and debating the similarities and dissimilarities between the understandings of salvation in Judaism and in Paul. Do they really share a common notion of divine and human agency? Or do they differ at a deep level? And if so, how? Broadly speaking, the answers have lined up on either side of the old perspective and new perspective divide. But can we move beyond this impasse? Preston Sprinkle reviews the state of the question and then tackles the problem. Buried in the Old Testament's Deuteronomic and prophetic perspectives on divine and human agency, he finds a key that starts to turn the rusted lock on Paul's critique of Judaism. Here is a proposal that offers a new line of investigation and thinking about a crucial issue in Pauline theology.

Author Bio

Preston M. Sprinkle (Ph.D., New Testament, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland) is associate professor of biblical studies at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, California. He was previously assistant professor of biblical studies at Cedarville University.

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We might be tempted to think that there is nothing more to say about Paul's soteriology and that the ground has been thoroughly plowed since the new perspective. Sprinkle opens new windows by comparing the soteriology of Qumran with Paul, particularly by emphasizing Paul's distinctive slant on divine agency. Scholars and students will profit from this careful reappraisal of Paul's soteriology which is rooted in robust exegesis.
-Thomas Schreiner,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Sprinkle's study on Paul and Judaism serves to remind us not only that there are contributions still to be made but also of factors that make new contributions possible...The result is fresh insight into the apostle's thought and a more balanced perspective on its relation to contemporary Jewish thinking. And so the debate moves forward. Anyone interested in its current state must carefully consider Preston Sprinkle's contribution.
-Stephen Westerholm,
McMaster University

Why is Paul so preoccupied with the law and related issues when his calling is simply to proclaim the Christian gospel? According to what was once a 'new' perspective on Paul, his statements have nothing to do with a prioritizing of divine over human action; rather, his concern is to resist the assumption that nonobservance of Torah debars Gentiles from the sphere of God's gracious covenant. Reading Paul alongside other Jewish texts of the Second Temple period, Preston Sprinkle shows conclusively that issues of divine and human agency cannot so easily be sidelined. They are present in Paul's text both because they are integral to his gospel and because they are deeply embedded in a scripturally shaped discourse in which he continues to participate.
-Francis Watson,
Durham University, UK

Sprinkle has very usefully contributed to the ongoing debate about Paul's soteriology in relationship to Judaism by rooting the question in key OT traditions and stressing the importance of the tension between divine and human agency.
-Douglas J. Moo,
Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, and chair, Committee on Bible Translation

Preston Sprinkle has wrestled with the New Perspective on Paul in the last few years in a disarmingly honest way. His doctoral thesis, and now this new work, are the results of such reflections. This book is an in-depth treatment of many of the New Perspective's claims as to what Second Temple Judaism really says about salvation and related topics. Although many have criticized the NPP, few have done so with a primary focus on the Jewish materials. To be sure, Sprinkle also treats judiciously the most relevant Pauline passages, but his greatest contribution is his penetrating analysis of the Jewish sources. Like Joachim Jeremias, who had several and significant disagreements with E. P. Sanders over late antique Judaism, Sprinkle offers a sustained exegesis of the relevant texts for the NPP. His presentation is clear yet carefully nuanced, forceful but not overstated. Here is a work that no one who is seriously engaged in the dialogue over Paul and Judaism can afford to overlook.
-Daniel B. Wallace,
professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, and executive director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

This is a bold and wide-ranging study of Paul and Judaism with a fresh approach. It succeeds in avoiding the false antitheses in both old and new perspectives without shying away from the difficult issues.
-Simon Gathercole,
senior lecturer in New Testament, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University

Editorial Reviews

"This is a bold and wide-ranging study of Paul and Judaism with a fresh approach. It succeeds in avoiding the false antitheses in both old and new perspectives without shying away from the difficult issues."
"Preston Sprinkle has wrestled with the New Perspective on Paul in the last few years in a disarmingly honest way. His doctoral thesis, and now this new work, are the results of such reflections. This book is an in-depth treatment of many of the New Perspective's claims as to what Second Temple Judaism really says about salvation and related topics. Although many have criticized the NPP, few have done so with a primary focus on the Jewish materials. To be sure, Sprinkle also treats judiciously the most relevant Pauline passages, but his greatest contribution is his penetrating analysis of the Jewish sources. Like Joachim Jeremias, who had several and significant disagreements with E. P. Sanders over late antique Judaism, Sprinkle offers a sustained exegesis of the relevant texts for the NPP. His presentation is clear yet carefully nuanced, forceful but not overstated. Here is a work that no one who is seriously engaged in the dialogue over Paul and Judaism can afford to overlook."
"Sprinkle has very usefully contributed to the ongoing debate about Paul's soteriology in relationship to Judaism by rooting the question in key OT traditions and stressing the importance of the tension between divine and human agency."
"Why is Paul so preoccupied with the law and related issues when his calling is simply to proclaim the Christian gospel? According to what was once a 'new' perspective on Paul, his statements have nothing to do with a prioritizing of divine over human action; rather, his concern is to resist the assumption that nonobservance of Torah debars Gentiles from the sphere of God's gracious covenant. Reading Paul alongside other Jewish texts of the Second Temple period, Preston Sprinkle shows conclusively that issues of divine and human agency cannot so easily be sidelined. They are present in Paul's text both because they are integral to his gospel and because they are deeply embedded in a scripturally shaped discourse in which he continues to participate."
"Dr. Sprinkle's study on Paul and Judaism serves to remind us not only that there are contributions still to be made but also of factors that make new contributions possible. . . . The result is fresh insight into the apostle's thought and a more balanced perspective on its relation to contemporary Jewish thinking. And so the debate moves forward. Anyone interested in its current state must carefully consider Preston Sprinkle's contribution."
"We might be tempted to think that there is nothing more to say about Paul's soteriology and that the ground has been thoroughly plowed since the new perspective. Sprinkle opens new windows by comparing the soteriology of Qumran with Paul, particularly by emphasizing Paul's distinctive slant on divine agency. Scholars and students will profit from this careful reappraisal of Paul's soteriology which is rooted in robust exegesis."

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    Paul and Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation by Preston Sprinkle is an exciting and refreshing investigation into the thought and theology of Paul as it relates to Second Temple Judaism. This book follows in the footsteps of Sprinkles previous work Law and Life: The Interpretation of Leviticus 18:5 in Early Judaism and in Paul (2008). In fact, much of the research and questions answered in Paul and Judaism Revisited arose out of the latter investigation. In both of these works, Sprinkle has shown with clarity the divergence of Pauline thought from that of Early Judaism and thus has provided a significant contribution to the ongoing conversation pegged by the New Perspective on Paul (NPP).

    Paul and Judaism Revisited sets out to compare soteriological motifs in Paul and Qumran in order to better understand how these two Second Temple communities understood divine and human agency in salvation (p. 36). For Sprinkle, there appears to be no straightforward line of continuity between Paul and the Qumran communities concerning a singular soteriological motif. Moreover, as Sprinkle acknowledges, there doesnt even appear to be a line of continuity within the Qumran community itself. This diversity adds to the complexity of understanding Paul and does much to undermine traditional and NPP soteriological claims. Sprinkle presents a portrait of Paul that is framed within a Prophetic Restoration structure rather than the Deuteronomic Restoration structure generally found in the Qumran communities.

    Paul and Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation by Preston Sprinkle is an excellent book for anyone interested in Pauline thought concerning salvation, the NPP, Second Temple Judaism, and the intersection of any of these areas of study. Sprinkle has offered a fresh and up-to-date exploration of one of the most frequently traveled roads in biblical-theological studies today. While disagreement will assuredly come from those rooted within the NPP, the caliber of Sprinkles work cannot be denied, and his presentation should be praised. This is a book that will make you think long and hard about the external influences on Pauls thought and theology, and provide grounds for reevaluation and consideration therein. As with all of Sprinkles books, this book comes highly recommended!



    I received a review copy of this books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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