PAUL: The Theology of the Apostle in the Light of Jewish Religious History by Dr. H. J. Schoeps

PAUL: The Theology of the Apostle in the Light of Jewish Religious History

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Westminster Press has done a real service in bringing forth an English edition of Dr. Schoeps volume which was originally published in German. Dr. Schoeps is a Jewish scholar of stature, who raises some important problems about the popular notions of St. Paul held uncritically by too many Christians. Yet he is sympathetic to and appreciative of the great apostle, and not in any sense unfamiliar with Christian concepts, however much he may feel no commitment to them. The crux of Dr. Schoeps' concern about Paul lies in the nature of the covenant agreement and the concept of Messiah in the Judaism of that first century. Dr. Schoeps is thoroughly familiar, not only with rabbinical studies, but with the New Testament documents as well. In some portions of his book he has blazed a trail with can be followed only by those at home in Hebrew and Greek. While this may limit his readership, it places his work on solid ground in terms of scholarship. Even those who have not mastered the original tongues of the Scripture will be able to follow most of the book. For anyone who wants to understand better the dynamic Apostle so responsible for the formulation of Christian convictions, this book is almost a must, as it sets forth the pitfalls that, from a Jewish standpoint, are inherent in the average uncritical acceptance of Paul's statement that he is a Pharisee of the Pharisees.

Publisher: Westminster Press