Two millennia after his death, the apostle Paul remains one of antiquity's most compelling figures. Westerholm examines the major components of Paul's worldview as evidenced by the themes of Romans. He also delves into Old Testament writings that influenced Paul and prompts thought-provoking consideration of contemporary assumptions about faith, theology, and ethics.
Two thousand years later, Paul attracts more attention than any other figure from antiquity besides one," writes Stephen Westerholm. Why the fascination with the apostle Paul? Westerholm explains that Paul remains such a compelling figure because he was "a man completely captivated by a particular way of looking at life."
Using the themes of the Epistle to the Romans, Westerholm helps readers understand the major components of Paul's vision of life. He delves into the writings of the Old Testament, explores their influence on Paul, and engages contemporary readers in a thought-provoking reconsideration of their own assumptions about faith, theology, and ethics.
This insightful introduction gives postmodern readers, especially those with little or no biblical background, a necessary big-picture look at Paul's view of reality.
Stephen Westerholm is the author of Jesus and Scribal Authority and Israel's Law and the Church's Faith. He is professor of early Christian studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.