New Book on the New Perspective

I get asked a lot what is a good resource introducing them to the concepts of the New Perspective on Paul. Most of the resources out there are fairly technical. However, many of the articles available often do not analyze deeply enough what is going on. Well, look no further. Here is the single best introduction to the New Perspective on Paul from a Reformed, confessional standpoint. The book is concise (at only 190 fairly small, very readable pages), and yet gets at the issues. It is easy to read, and can be read quickly, and yet does not just skirt around at the edges. It could easily be read in an afternoon. Even for folks who have done some reading in this area of NT studies, the book has some keen insights that aren’t available anywhere else. The authors are to be commended for achieving clarity and conciseness all in one volume.


  1. December 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Bill Barcley was my NT professor in seminary at RTS Jackson, now a Pastor in Charlotte, NC. He is a godly man, and I would assume without reading it that this book is good and well worth buying. Thanks for the update Lane.

  2. Chip Byrd said,

    December 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Venema’s book, “Getting the Gospel Right” is another resource that would be accessible to most people.

  3. January 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    John R. W. Stott (who turns 90 in 2011, by the way) has a very interesting summary of the history of the New Perspective on Paul (up to date of publication, of course) and how it impinges on Paul’s theology on pages 24-31 of his 1994 commentary on Romans (in the “Bible Speaks Today” series), if you’re interested.

  4. January 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome, another book that I can add to my collection. Also “By Faith Alone” by Johnson & Waters is also an easy read without all the technical jargon.

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