“This is not a book on Paul’s theology. I am not at all certain that he had ‘a theology,’ that is, a reasonably well ordered and integrated set of beliefs. . . . Clearly, though, Paul did practice theology. That is, he thought through the problems afflicting his churches in light of the gospel; and in doing so he referred frequently to concepts of obvious theological importance: grace, faith, righteousness, and the like.”
—from the preface
Jouette Bassler, one of the foremost experts on Pauline theology, offers her wisdom and insight into the core of Paul’s thought in this brief and accessible book. She focuses on major themes in Paul, such as grace, law, faith, righteousness, Israel, resurrection, and what it means to be “in Christ.” Through each of these themes, she explores the wealth of Paul’s various writings, lifting up the most important and basic of Paul’s ideas and explaining them within the context of the ancient Greco-Roman world.
Jouette M. Bassler is Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She is the author of numerous books on the New Testament, including two volumes of Pauline Theology as well as God and Mammon.