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This work offers an exhaustive study of Pauline Christology by noted Pauline scholar Gordon Fee. The author provides a detailed analysis of the letters of Paul (including those whose authorship is questioned) individually, exploring the Christology of each one, and then attempts a synthesis of the exegetical work into a biblical Christology of Paul. The author's synthesis covers the following themes: Christ's roles as divine Savior and as preexistent and incarnate Savior; Jesus as the Second Adam, the Jewish Messiah, and Son of God; and as the Messiah and exalted Lord. Fee also explores the relationship between Christ and the Spirit and considers the Person and role of the Spirit in Paul's thought. Appendices cover the theme of Christ and Personified Wisdom, and Paul's use of "Kurios" (Lord) in citations and echoes of the Septuagint. "Anyone who has read even a smattering of Paul's writings recognizes early on that his devotion to Christ was the foremost reality and passion of his life. What he said in one of his later letters serves as a kind of motto for his entire Christian life: 'For me to live is Christ; to die is [to] gain [Christ]' (Phil. 1:21). Christ is the beginning and goal of everything for Paul, and thus is the single great reality along the way."--From the Introduction
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"A remarkably comprehensive and detailed account of Pauline Christology. Fee draws on his close lifetime study of the material to present a clear and gripping account of Paul's high Christology in constant reasoned debate with scholars who interpret the material in other ways. It will at once take its place as the major study of this crucial topic, and its innovative proposals regarding some of the texts will stimulate a lively ongoing debate."
--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
"Thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and wide-ranging, this solid study is arranged in such a way that it is useful not only for its total impact, pointing as it does to the coherence of Paul's christological thought, but also for its careful exegetical studies of individual passages. Use of this clearly written and persuasively argued study will put the reader deeply in Fee's debt. It is a volume to be highly recommended."
--Paul J. Achtemeier, author of Inspiration and Authority: Nature and Function of Christian Scripture
"[Fee] brings his great erudition and theological insight to bear on the topic of Paul's christology, which strangely, as Fee points out, has not been the subject of many explicit book-length studies. This work, encyclopedic in its length and format, goes a long way toward making up for such neglect. . . . There is no doubt that this substantial study will be a reference point for some time to come."
--Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today
"Pauline Christology is Fee at his best. His exegetical work is fresh, engaging, and independent. He is not afraid to challenge some current academic 'assured results,' and whether one finally agrees with him or not, his arguments need to be seriously considered. The book is fundamentally important not only for both Pauline and NT theology but also for countless specific exegetical analyses."
--Douglas J. Moo, Wheaton College Graduate School
"To say that this work is monumental is to understate the case. . . . [Fee] helpfully walks the reader through his exegetical decisions one text at a time and provides a synthesis that gathers all the relevant data under consideration, making this a goldmine of a reference book. Any future work on Paul's Christology or christological studies in general will be forced to reckon with this magnificent volume for years to come."
--Matthew D. Montonini, Review of Biblical Literature
Gordon D. Fee (PhD, University of Southern California) is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of numerous works, including "New Testament Exegesis," "Listening to the Spirit in the Text," and commentaries on Revelation; Philippians; and 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus. He also coauthored "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth."
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Book Description Baker Academic, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0801046254