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June 2020
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St Paul was a pivotal and controversial figure in the fledgling Jesus movement of the first century. The New Cambridge Companion to St Paul provides an invaluable entryway into the study of Paul and his letters. Composed of sixteen essays by an international team of scholars, it explores some of the key issues in the current study of his dynamic and demanding theological discourse. The volume first examines Paul's life and the first-century context in which he and his communities lived. Contributors then analyze particular writings by comparing and contrasting at least two selected letters, while thematic essays examine topics of particular importance, including how Paul read scripture, his relation to Judaism and monotheism, why his message may have been attractive to first-century audiences, how his message was elaborated in various ways in the first four centuries, and how his theological discourse might relate to contemporary theological discourse and ideological analysis today.


‘There are riches on every page … All readers will value this new Companion.’

Robin Griffith-Jones Source: Church Times

‘Content-wise, the contributions are all fine pieces of scholarship, accessible, yet well-resourced, and above all interesting, which is essential for a work styled as a Companion. Perhaps the key question for students or educators who already have the Dunn volume will be whether it is worth also having this, to which the answer is 'yes'!’

Michael J. Lakey Source: Journal of the Study of the New Testament

'This New Cambridge Companion is a fine handbook for courses on Paul for students, and holds a good number of fresh insights and surprises for scholars alike.'

C. Stenschke Source: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

‘This volume, which could be easily used in classrooms, is a welcome contribution to the study of Paul and a worthy successor to the first edition.’

Jason Maston Source: Religious Studies Review

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