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A History of the New Perspective on Paul

In a recent conversation about the New Perspective on Paul I realized that not everyone is aware that anything “new” about Paul is going on. So what is all the fuss about? Here are a couple of excellent, non-technical summaries that will get you up to speed:

  1. Simon Gathercole’s Christianity Today article, “What Did Paul Really Mean?
  2. Scot McKnight’s five part series on the New Perspective on his Jesus Creed blog.

If you haven’t read Scot McKnight’s blog, you should read it and bookmark it. It is simply excellent. After re-reading his blogs on the New Perspective on Paul (NPP), I want to summarize his conclusions:

  1. There is no official NPP. It is a trend, not a monolithic group.
  2. The New Perspective is more of a New Perspective on Judaism than a New Perspective on Paul.
  3. The “big three” of the NPP (Sanders, Dunn, and Wright) are not saying the same thing. You must discuss each scholar’s views separately.
  4. There is no NPP systematic theology because it is an exegetical issue. Most NPP critics argue on the basis of systematic theology, but this is not what Sanders, Dunn, and Wright are talking about.
  5. But, since exegesis is the foundation of systematic theology, it does/may have theological consequences.
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