Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul's Gospel

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In 1977 I submitted my doctoral dissertation to the University of Manchester; it was published in 1981 by J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) of Tübingen, Germany, as The Origin of Paul's Gospel, volume 4 in the second series of Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. In the following year, Wm. B. Eerdmans of Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A., published its American edition. In 1984 J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) published its second edition with a postscript in which I interacted with some of the reviewers of the book and also with Heikki Räisänen. As the American edition has been out of print since the mid-1980s, my friends at Wm. B. Eerdmans have several times expressed their desire to reprint the book. Each time I told them to wait until I revised the book or at least added another postscript interacting with the new developments in Pauline scholarship, especially the revolution of the New Perspective on Paul that had been initiated by Ed P. Sanders's Paul and Palestinian Judaism, which was published in the year I submitted my dissertation. However, my eight-year stint of service in Korea was not conducive to the work of serious research and writing, and my subsequent relocation in 1995 to an entirely foreign setting, namely Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California, required much time for adjustment. When I began to feel better settled into the life and work at Fuller, I was given a sabbatical quarter during the fall of 1999, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung of Germany was kind enough again to invite me over to Tübingen for a research stay during the period. I decided that the work was to consist of merely adding a new chapter because I saw the content in need of supplementing in the light of new discussions rather than of thoroughgoing revision. But I soon realized that with one chapter I could not do justice to the discussions that have taken place in Pauline scholarship during the twenty-three years since the book was written. Therefore, the publishers and I agreed to publish a new book as a se-

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