For the third day of the blog tour we have two bloggers posting on Chapter 3 (“Christianity ss Community”) from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?
First up is Dr. James McGrath, who begins his post by saying:
Over recent months we’ve been studying Romans in the Sunday school class I teach, and there are definitely a couple of “Paul skeptics” in the group. Yet even those who tend not to like Paul’s writings have been finding the things he says in the last chapters to be ones that they can get on board with. Don’t think too highly of yourself? Don’t repay evil for evil? Not far from the teaching of Jesus at all. Perhaps one key to appreciating Paul if you are a “Paul skeptic” is to see where he goes with his theologizing, to see what the practical payoff is. And perhaps the challenge to appreciating Paul for those in that category is to make sense of why it can take Paul so many chapters to get there, why the lengthy theological introduction seems necessary to him as the foundation for the practice.
In his book, Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?, Daniel Kirk does precisely that (among other things), and chapter 3 provides a particularly good example.
You can read the entire post here.
Dr. James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis.
He currently blogs at “Exploring Our Matrix“