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A Critical Review of Approaches to Paul: A Student's Guide to Recent Scholarship by Magnus Zetterholm

# Approaches to Paul: A Student's Guide to Recent Scholarship 13 ## Introduction - Explain the purpose and scope of the article - Provide some background information on Paul and his letters - Summarize the main arguments and perspectives of the book by Magnus Zetterholm ## Paul and History - Discuss the historical context and challenges of studying Paul - Explain how Paul's relation to Judaism has been a central issue in scholarship - Highlight some of the key sources and methods for reconstructing Paul's life and thought ## The Emergence of a Paradigm - Trace the development of the dominant view of Paul in the 19th and early 20th centuries - Analyze the influence of Hegel, Baur, and the Tübingen School on Pauline studies - Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of this approach ## The Formation of the Standard View of Paul - Examine the contributions of Bultmann, Schweitzer, and Kasemann to the traditional view of Paul - Describe how they understood Paul's theology in terms of existentialism, apocalypticism, and eschatology - Assess the impact and limitations of this view ## Toward a New Perspective on Paul - Introduce the main features and proponents of the new perspective on Paul - Explain how they challenged the standard view by reinterpreting Paul's use of key terms and concepts - Discuss how they emphasized Paul's continuity with Judaism and his critique of ethnocentrism ## Beyond the New Perspective - Explore some of the recent developments and debates that go beyond the new perspective on Paul - Compare and contrast different approaches such as social-scientific, postcolonial, feminist, and radical perspectives - Reflect on how they address new questions and issues in Pauline studies ## In Defense of Protestantism - Present some of the responses and criticisms from those who defend the traditional view of Paul - Identify some of the main arguments and objections raised by scholars such as Carson, Piper, and Wright - Consider how they seek to uphold the Reformation principles and doctrines in light of new scholarship ## Breaking Boundaries - Review some of the innovative and interdisciplinary works that break boundaries in Pauline studies - Exemplify how scholars such as Agamben, Badiou, Žižek, and Taubes engage with Paul from philosophical, political, and cultural perspectives - Evaluate how they offer new insights and challenges for understanding Paul ## Conclusion - History and Paul - Summarize the main points and findings of the article - Highlight the diversity and complexity of approaches to Paul in recent scholarship - Suggest some implications and directions for future research ## FAQs - What is the main difference between the standard view and the new perspective on Paul? - How does Paul's Jewish background influence his theology and mission? - What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of using social-scientific methods in studying Paul? - How does Paul relate to the Roman Empire and its ideology? - What are some of the ethical and practical implications of Paul's message for today?

Approaches to Paul: A Student's Guide to Recent Scholarship 13



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