Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology

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God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology. By Frank J. Matera. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-80286747-6. 283 pages. Paper. $28.00.

This interpretation of Pauline theology is distinctive in two ways. One is that Matera is writing a theology of the Pauline letters, not of Paul himself. Thus all thirteen letters under Paul's name are covered, even though Matera does question the authorship of some of the disputed letters. The other distinctive aspect is that Matera grounds all of Pauline theology in Paul's call/conversion experience, when the appearance of the risen Christ changed Paul's life through an experience of God's saving grace. With the clarity and confidence of a mature scholar of Paul, Matera works his way from an examination of Paul's experience through christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, ethics, eschatology, and finally Paul's understanding of God. Matera's approach is to draw out the distinctive emphases of each letter, recognizing that Paul works out his theology in response to the particular situations of the letters. …

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