|About the Book|
Description: Was Paul shaped by the movement that began with the teaching and activities of Jesus, or did he start something new? Attempts to answer this question one way or the other have a long history dating back to the nineteenth century. TheMoreDescription: Was Paul shaped by the movement that began with the teaching and activities of Jesus, or did he start something new? Attempts to answer this question one way or the other have a long history dating back to the nineteenth century. The purpose of this book is to raise the question again in light of more recent scholarly work--especially in light of historical Jesus research and the so-called New Perspective on Paul.The strategy employed is to find family resemblances between Jesus and Paul on matters that are both fundamentally important and distinctive and that can best be explained in terms of Pauls dependence on Jesus. Three aspects of Jesus ministry--his welcome of the marginalized, his challenge to his followers that they would share his fate, and his belief that God was doing something profoundly new--are presented as the source of three corresponding aspects in Pauls thought--his welcome of Gentiles, his language of participation, and his belief in the present reality of new creation.Endorsements: This advances the discussion about the relationship of Jesus to Paul, or Paul to Jesus, by a decade. I have tired of facile knockdowns of Paul because he doesnt talk often enough about kingdom, or because he doesnt rehearse some of the Sermon on the Mount, and yet those facts wont go away. But deeper than specifics is a pattern of thinking, and Schobergs proposals show Jesus and Paul were on the same page, even if Paul carried on the conversation Jesus began.--Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern SeminarySchoberg sheds new light on the thorny question of how Paul relates to Jesus. Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul takes a new and creative approach that, in my view, is both stimulating and compelling. Schoberg shows how the lines of continuity between Jesus and Paul are meaningful and very significant. In essence, we see in Pauls outreach to Gentiles a replication of the distinctive elements of the ministry of Jesus. Those who claim Paul invented a new faith need to read Schobergs well-written book carefully.--Craig A. Evans, Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity CollegeAbout the Contributor(s): Gerry Schoberg is Senior Academic Administrator and Lecturer in New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver. He holds a PhD in New Testament from the University of Bristol.