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Four Views on the Apostle Paul, A Video Study

18 Lessons on Reformed, Catholic, 'Post-New Perspective,' and Jewish Understandings of Paul
Michael F. Bird (Author), Douglas A. Campbell (Author), Mark D. Nanos (Author), Luke Timothy Johnson (Author), Thomas R. Schreiner (Author)
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The apostle Paul was a vital force in the development of Christianity. Paul's historical and religious context affects the theological interpretation of Paul's writings, no small issue in the whole of Christian theology.

Recent years have seen much controversy about the apostle Paul, his context, and its effect on his theology. In Four Views on the Apostle Paul, A Video Study, four leading scholars present their views on the best framework for describing Paul's theological perspective, including his view of salvation, the significance of Christ, and his vision for the churches.

Views include:

  • Reformed View: Thomas R. Schreiner
  • Catholic View: Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Post-New Perspective View: Douglas Campbell
  • Jewish View: Mark D. Nanos

Four Views on the Apostle Paul, A Video Study, alongside the Counterpoints volume Four Views on the Apostle Paul, gives students the tools they need to draw informed conclusions on debates about Paul. New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird also covers foundational issues and provides helpful summaries in his introduction and conclusion.

New Testament scholars, pastors, and students of Christian history and biblical theology will find Four Views on the Apostle Paul, A Video Study, an indispensable introduction to ongoing debates on the apostle Paul's life and teaching.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

0 - Introduction (9 min)

1 - Paul: A Reformed Reading (18 min)

- Response from Luke Timothy Johnson (5 min)

- Response from Douglas A Campbell (3 min)

- Response from Mark D. Nanos (5 min)

2 - The Paul of the Letters: A Catholic Perspective (20 min)

- Response from Thomas R. Schreiner (3 min)

- Response from Douglas A. Campbell (5 min)

- Response from Mark D. Nanos (5 min)

3 - Christ and the Church in Paul: A "Post-New Perspective" Account (26 min)

- Response from Thomas R. Schreiner (4 min)

- Response from Luke Timothy Johnson (5 min)

- Response from Mark D. Nanos (6 min)

4 - A Jewish View (39 min)

- Response from Thomas R. Schreiner (4 min)

- Response from Luke Timothy Johnson (5 min)

- Response from Douglas A. Campbell (4 min)

5 - Conclusion (4 min)

About the Authors

Michael F. Bird is Academic Dean and lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God, Evangelical Theology, Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary Series), The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He also runs a popular theological studies blog called “Euangelion” and can be followed on twitter @mbird12.

Douglas Campbell is a New Testament professor at Duke Divinity School. His main research interests comprise the life and thought (i.e. theology and its development) of Paul with particular reference to soteriological models rooted in apocalyptic as against justification or salvation-history. However, he is interested in contributions to Pauline analysis from modern literary theory, from modern theology, from epistolary theory, ancient rhetoric, ancient comparative religion, modern linguistics and semantic theory, and from sociology. His recent publications include The Rhetoric of Righteousness in Romans 3:21-26, and he edited The Call to Serve: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Ministry in Honour of Bishop Penny Jamieson. Dr. Campbell has also written The Quest for Paul's Gospel: A Suggested Strategy (2005), and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (2009).

Mark D. Nanos is Soebbing Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Rockhurst University. Visit Mark's website at

Luke Timothy Johnson (Ph.D., Yale) is the R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His research concerns the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James. A prolific author, Dr. Johnson has penned numerous scholarly articles and more than 25 books. His 1986 book The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, now in its second edition, is widely used in seminaries and departments of religion throughout the world.

A former Benedictine monk, Dr. Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer, a member of several editorial and advisory boards, and a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He received the prestigious 2011 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his most recent book, Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (2009, Yale University Press), which explores the relationship between early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism.

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • ISBN: 9780310101154
  • Release: July 30, 2019
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