Hard Sayings of Paul, By Manfred Brauch

Hard Sayings of Paul

The Hard Sayings Series

by Manfred Brauch

Hard Sayings of Paul
  • Length: 278 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: June 22, 1989
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1282
  • ISBN: 9780830812820

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The apostle Paul makes clear the central truths of Christianity. But sometimes he leaves us puzzled. As Peter said so long ago, Paul's "letters contain some things that are hard to understand."

Is the law good? Is it better to be single or married? Is God really just? What wil happen to the Jews? Should women be allowed to teach? Seldom have the questions become easier over time.

Manfred Brauch, drawing on years of pastoral experience and biblical study, takes on forty-eight hard sayings of Paul and offers the kind of help we need. By supplying background and putting these sayings in the context of the whole of Paul's teaching, he helps us not only to understand them but to see their importance for Christian living today.


Introduction: Understanding and Interpreting Biblical Texts
1. Is God Wrathful?--Romans 1:18
2. One Man?s Sin Means My Death?--Romans 5:12
3. Increasing Sin--Romans 5:20
4. Dead to Sin--Romans 6:2, 7
5. A Slave to Sin--Romans 7:14, 19
6. All Things for Good--Romans 8:28
7. Is God Unjust?--Romans 9:13-15
8. The End of the Law--Romans 10:4
9. Israel?s Salvation--Romans 11:26
10. God Has Bound All to Disobedience--Romans 11:32
11. Heaping Burning Coals--Romans 12:20
12. Submitting to Government--Romans 13:1
13. Eating that Destroys--Romans 14:15
14. Destroying God?s Temple--1 Corinthians 3:17
15. Handing Over to Satan--1 Corinthians 5:5
16. Who Inherits the Kingdom?--1 Corinthians 6:9-10
17. Is It Good to Marry?--1 Corinthians 7:1
18. Not I, but the Lord--1 Corinthians 7:10, 12
19. Remain Where You Are--1 Corinthians 7:20
20. Live As Though You Had No Spouse--1 Corinthians 7:29
21. Many Gods and Lords--1 Corinthians 8:5-6
22. Headship?--1 Corinthians 11:3
23. The Glory of Man--1 Corinthians 11:7
24. Because of the Angels--1 Corinthians 11:10
25. Discerning the Body--1 Corinthians 11:29
26. Should We All Speak in Tongues?--1 Corinthians 14:5
27. Silence in the Churches--1 Corinthians14:33-34
28. Baptism for the Dead--1 Corinthians 15:29
29. A Veil over Their Minds--2 Corinthians 3:14
30. All the Old Has Gone?--2 Corinthians 5:17
31. Yoked with Unbelievers--2 Corinthians 6:14
32. Condemning Opponents--Galatians 1:9
33. Christ of No Value--Galatians 5:2
34. The Israel of God--Galatians 6:16
35. Ascending and Descending--Ephesians 4:9-10
36. Wives, Submit--Ephesians 5:22
37. Work Out Your Salvation--Philippians 2:12-13
38. Faultless before the Law--Philippians 3:4-6
39. The Firstborn over Creation--Colossians 1:15
40. What Is Lacking in Christ?s Afflictions--Colossians 1:24
41. Anti-Semitic?--1 Thessalonians 2:14-15
42. The Man of Lawlessness--2 Thessalonians 2:3
43. The One Who Holds Back Lawlessness--2 Thessalonians 2:7
44. No Women Teachers--1 Timothy 2:11-12
45. Salvation through Childbirth--1 Timothy 2:13-15
46. Worse Than an Unbeliever--1 Timothy 5:8
47. Wine for the Stomach--1 Timothy 5:23
48. Cretans Are Always Liars--Titus 1:12-13
Scripture Index

Manfred Brauch

Manfred T. Brauch (PhD, McMaster University) is retired professor of biblical theology and past president of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Set Free to Be: A Study in Romans, and Hard Sayings of Paul, and he is a contributor to Hard Sayings of the Bible. Since 2004, Brauch and his wife have done long-term volunteer work in medical missions and theological education in Chile, Russia, and Cameroon, West Africa.