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.
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.
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