Some New and Forthcoming Books on Paul (Gupta)

New and Recent

Paul and His Life-Transforming Theology: A Concise Introduction (Roger Mohrlang, Wipf & Stock, 2013), This is a thematic introduction, rather than a survey of his letters (though the appendix) does include brief summaries of his letters). Mohrlang’s work is very accessible to beginning students.

Paul: Windows on His Thought & His World (Maria Pascuzzi, Anselm Academic, 2014. Pascuzzi is quite interested in properly situating Paul in his socio-historical, religious, and political environment, and she does seem to be up-to-date on critical scholarship, though I don’t always agree with her reading of Paul in his world. Still, it may be worth considering as a textbook or a recommended book.

UnCorinthian Leadership: Thematic Reflections on 1 Corinthians (David I Starling, Cascade, 2014). Truth be told, most Christian leadership literature that tries to interact with the Bible is garbage. Thankfully Starling knows this and carefully reflects on 1 Corinthians with concern to challenge Christian leaders today. If I get a chance to teach another leadership course, I will definitely consider this work as a possible textbook. It would make for a good exercise for a pastoral team to read together.

Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle (Benjamin L. White, Oxford University Press, 2014). White looks at second-century attempts to develop a collective memory of Paul. I will do a full-scale review of this in due time.


At a slim 448 pages (!), Douglas A. Campbell is ready to present his latest offering called Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography (Eerdmans, coming Nov 2014). Doug promises to stir the pot with this work. I don’t doubt it!

Don’t forget, we are still promised N.T. Wright’s Paul and His Recent Interpreters (Fortress), though apparently we have to wait until March!

Speaking of Spring, I eagerly anticipate the release of Peter Oakes’ stellar new commentary on Galatians for Paideia (April 2015; Baker).

Lastly, I stumbled across this today: Mark Nanos and Magnus Zetterholm are editors of a new book called Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle (January 2015).