Studies in Pauline EpistlesStudies in the Pauline Epistles is put together by Matthew Harmon and Jay Smith and includes a stellar lineup of scholars contributing essays in honour of Doug Moo inspired by his interests.

Studies in the Pauline Epistles

Essays are collected under three headings:

  1. Exegeting Paul (ch 1-6)
  2. Paul’s Use of Scripture and the Jesus Tradition (ch 7-9)
  3. Pauline Scholarship and Contemporary Significance (ch 10-16)

Ardel Caneday begins by arguing thatRomans 5:17 (“will … reign in life”) does not speak of the believer’s future dominion over creation (as in Romans 8), but rather “the believer’s present dominion over sin in these mortal bodies” (p28) as developed in Romans 6. Chris Vlachos suggests that the believer’s freedom from the law “occupies a seminal place in [Paul’s] teaching regarding moral transformation” (p48) and thus unpacks the implications of being free from the law. Doug’s son Jonathan Moo investigates 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 to find “what in his relationship with the Corinthians Paul intends to highlight as he uses the parent-child metaphor” and “what Paul’s comparison reveals about how he conceives of family life…and life in the family of God”(p61)Scholars agree that Paul quotes the Corinthians’ own words back at them throughout his first letter, and Jay Smith wants to add one more phrase to the list: “all other sins a person commits are outside the body”. D. A. Carson focuses on Galatians 2:11-14 and “reflect[s] a little on some of the mirror-reading that goes into everyinterpretation” (p99) and proposes as solution that he sees as making best sense of the evidence. Verlyn Verbrugge gets his elbows dirty in suggesting a translation ofPhilippians 2:12 that recovers an “important nuance” (p116) that other translations have missed.


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Source: Review: Studies in the Pauline Epistles, by Harmon & Smith