Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English
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Baker Academic / 2010 / Hardcover

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This elegantly designed volume Synopsis of the Pauline Letters, displays related passages from the Pauline corpus and (where relevant) from the Acts of the Apostles in a visually parallel format in both Greek and English. The parallel format juxtaposes related passages which also allows the Synopsis to arrange passages topically. The Greek and English versions of each related passage are set on facing pages to maximize redactional capability. This allows for organizational efficiency and immediate textual and translation comparison. The Synopsis of the Pauline Letters uses the polished NRSV translation as its English text, and for its Greek text, the scholarly standard NA27 (Nestle-Aland 27th Edition) text.

The Synopsis of the Pauline letters is the first conspectus of its kind of the Pauline corpus, and the first to synopsis of the Pauline material to include all 13 of what are traditionally known to be Pauline epistles, and to combine them with the relevant passages from Acts. Covering over 175 topics, this new cutting-edge resource promises to be of much value for research, theology, and for exposition of Paul's letters; and also, for understanding Paul's theology comprehensively and exhaustively.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801038898
ISBN-13: 9780801038891

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Publisher's Description

This handsomely produced Greek-English synopsis of related or parallel passages in the Pauline corpus and the Acts of the Apostles provides an essential tool for studying the New Testament text. Conveniently organized by topic, it is the first conspectus of related passages in Paul's letters both in Paul's original Greek (following the Nestle-Aland Greek text) and in English translation (using the NRSV) on facing pages. It is also the first synopsis that includes all thirteen epistles attributed to Paul as well as relevant passages from the portrayal of Paul's teaching and ministry in the book of Acts.

Author Bio

James P. Ware (PhD, Yale University) is associate professor of religion at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, where he teaches in the area of New Testament and ancient Christianity. He is the author of The Mission of the Church in Paul's Letter to the Philippians.


"We have long needed a thorough and up-to-date synopsis of the Pauline letters. The synopsis edited by James Ware does not limit itself to parallels in content but also explores parallel texts in terms of literary form and epistolary structure. This immensely practical tool is a vital resource for the study of the Pauline letters."
--Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"James Ware has produced an invaluable tool for beginning and more advanced students of Paul. Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English provides a user-friendly way to view how Paul addresses similar concerns in different contexts, allowing ready access to how Paul formulates the ramifications of the good news as he addresses the needs of diverse congregations. When turning to the study of Paul, you will want to keep this volume within easy reach."
--Joel B. Green,
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Ware's Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English provides students, pastors, and scholars with a powerful tool for comparing the Pauline letters. While there are other Pauline synopses, this is the only one that employs the Greek text with a critical apparatus as well as an English translation. By bringing together groups of related passages, Ware's synopsis enables readers to see how the Pauline letters treat similar themes. This synopsis, which fills a long-standing need, is destined to become a standard tool for Pauline exegesis."
--Frank J. Matera,
Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America

"It has become fashionable in recent years to lay out parallels to Paul's writings. The value of being able to examine such parallels so conveniently--without having to use fingers, thumbs, spare pens, and bookmarks to maintain access to multiple passages at the same time--hardly needs to be stressed. This volume, however, provides also the Greek, with some indication of variant readings, which is much better for those who can handle the Greek and who don't want to be confused by varied translations or misled by any hidden agendas of translators."
--James D. G. Dunn,
Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

"The new synopsis of Paul compiled by James Ware is a wonderful resource that will delight and inform students and scholars alike. Simply reading it is an education in Paul's letters and theology! Using it carefully will provide endless opportunities to make connections and see new things. Every serious student of Paul should own it."
--Michael J. Gorman,
Professor of Sacred Scripture and Dean, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary & University

"The apostle Paul tackled wildly varied concerns in his letters to the earliest followers of Jesus across the Roman Empire. For those attempting to synthesize the apostle's thought, James Ware's Synopsis draws together the scattered texts on key topics into a single location with both English and Greek. Reflecting the best of current scholarship, Ware's organization takes into account not only the content of the Pauline letters but also epistolary structure and literary form. Students of Scripture, pastors, teachers, and biblical specialists alike are indebted to Jim Ware for an indispensable tool."
--A. Andrew Das,
Donald W. and Betty J. Buik Chair and Professor of Religious Studies, Elmhurst College

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    I purchased this book more out of curiosity than necessity. I have scanned it and it looks pretty good. I am starting my own personal study in Ephesians and I think this book will assist me in this endeavor
  2. Stef
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    This book, "Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English", is an outstanding and incredibly useful reference work. The hours it will save for just about anyone who studies the Bible: Scholars. Pastors. Students. Even the well read Christian.

    Especially helpful for study of parallel passages, or comparative studies, in Paul's letters. It contains the letters whose authorship is uncontested (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philipians, 1 Thessalonians, Philemon), and those whose author is debated by some (Ephesians, Colosians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus).

    It also includes relevant passages in the Book of Acts that portray his teaching and ministry. This is a really nice feature that can give a wider scope of Paul through Luke's writings.

    The Greek text is that of the Nestle-Aland 27th edition.

    The English text is that of the "New Revised Standard Version" (most widely used translation in Collage and University, in the English speaking world.

    There are 6 subheadings:

    Epistolary Structure

    Epistolary Forms

    Literary Forms

    Themes (by far the largest section)

    Key Events


    Under these there are a total 177 studies (a random selection):

    1. Salutation

    7. Signature

    11. Apostolic Parousia

    15. Vice List

    22. Proposed Hymn Fragments

    24. Idolatry and Dehmanization

    45. The Temple of God

    64. The Mystery of Gentile Inclusion

    70. Belonging to Christ

    93. The Glory to be Revealed

    116. Exhortation to Unity

    149. Hymns and Psalms

    165. Paul's Meeting with the Apostles in Jerusalem

    171. Paul's Co-worker Apollos

    177. Paul's Co-worker Aristarchus

    There is even a Glossary in the back of a number of words & phrases to assist those who, like me, are laity and have little or no formal schooling in a Bible College or Seminary.

    Anyone studying Paul and his letters, teaching about Paul, or even teaching through a particular letter of Paul's, can use this book.

    It is not necessarily for beginners, even though they could put it to good use in a number of ways; to put together a devotion or teaching on a particular topic Paul wrote about (remembering it only covers Paul's teaching on the topic or issue- an important fact to remember). Or to see how Paul usually opens his letters. What he taught on a number of issues.

    If you have the book "Synopsis of the Four Gospels" edited by Kurt Aland & published by United Bible Societies (available in NT Greek, Greek & English and just in English), you are pretty well set for years of productive study and teaching.
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