Book Details : Contours of Pauline Theology Language : English Paperback : 392 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1845506254 Dimensions : 13.72 x 2.29 x 21.34 cm
Prof H I Marshal,
Aberdeen University, Evangelical Quarterly
There is a remarkable thesis being presented here that demands scholarly attention……He has certainly produced a strong argument for a much greater influence of Passover typology than has generally been thought to be the case, and his arguments for the atoning sacrificial understanding of the original Passover sacrifice powerfully support the case argued by J. Jeremias and L. Morris. Dr. Holland has produced a stimulating volume that deserves the most careful scrutiny from New Testament students. It is a remarkably fresh and creative study that makes one re-think familiar passages in new ways.
Prof HJB Combrink,
University of Stellenbosch
This is a fascinating work that definitely requires thorough study and it will certainly lead to serious debate regarding many aspects of Paul’s theology. The author however time and again pre-empts us herein by engaging other important points in the discussion. This discussion will definitely (have to) be continued.
Dr William S. Campbell,
University of Wales, Lampeter
It is refreshing to read something radically new in such a popular area as Pauline studies. So often what promised new perspectives, new insights, turns out not to be essentially different. Tom Holland’s original and creative approach to Paul does not fall into this category.
Here Paul is not the innovator of Christian doctrine- he received his theological model from his Jewish upbringing in which he was taught that Yahweh would bring about the promised New Exodus. Paul came to realize that this had been inaugurated by the paschal death of Christ. Thus Holland maintains that there existed a common hermeneutical model for both Judaism and the New Testament church i.e. the New Exodus. Justification is not a declaration of being in the covenant, but refers back to the creation of a covenant between Yahweh and His people. This view of justification fits in with Paul’s doctrine of corporate baptism, the washing of the believing community accomplished by the Spirit through the death of Christ. Paul’s theology is not individualistic, but corporate, so it is believers collectively as the church and not the believer’s individual body which comprise the temple of the Holy Spirit. I anticipate that if it finds acceptance, the proposals of this book should provide a timely and fruitful alternative to some of the theological emphases that have guided the church for too long.