This book Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on Paul is a collection of essays presenting eight perspectives on the most important topics in the field of Pauline Studies. As such, this book will make an excellent supplementary text for any exegetical, theological, or introductory course to Paul or his epistles. Paul Unbound is an excellent resource for orienting students to current trends in scholarship, and for discovering the pro and cons of the many different perspectives on this, the most important of New Testament writers.
This book offers advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and interested laypeople an introduction to a wide range of approaches to Paul that are relevant to, yet go beyond, traditional theological and historical concerns.
Beginning with Warren Carter's observations on Paul's primary interactions being with Rome, rather than with the followers of Jesus or first-century Jews, and moving through Steven Friesen's argument for a different picture of Paul as activist and Mark Nanos's challenge to prevailing interpretations of 1 Corinthians 9 and Paul's observance of "the law," leading New Testament scholars provide helpful surveys of the field and offer new insights and possibilities for further research.
An excellent supplement to standard textbooks, each chapter of this compilation offers suggestions for further reading. The book also includes indices of modern authors, subjects, and ancient sources.
Warren Carter, "Paul and the Roman Empire: Recent Perspectives"
Steven J. Friesen, "Paul and Economics: The Jerusalem Collection as an Alternative to Patronage"
Jerry L. Sumney, "Paul and His Opponents: The Search"
Charles H. Cosgrove, "Paul and Ethnicity: A Selective History of Interpretation"
A. Andrew Das, "Paul and the Law: Pressure Points in the Debate"
Mark D. Nanos, "Paul and Judaism: Why not Paul's Judaism?"
Deborah Krause, "Paul and Women: Telling Women to Shut Up Is More Complicated than You Might Think"
Mark D. Given, "Paul and Rhetoric: A Sophos in the Kingdom of God"
Mark D. Given (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of Paul's True Rhetoric: Ambiguity, Cunning, and Deception in Greece and Rome.