Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology, By Thomas R. Schreiner

Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ

A Pauline Theology

Second Edition

by Thomas R. Schreiner

Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ
  • Length: 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: January 07, 2020
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 5270
  • ISBN: 9780830852703

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The theology of the apostle Paul is complex, set forth in numerous occasional letters, and subject to a seemingly endless variety of interpretations. How should students of Scripture engage the challenging task of discerning the shape of Paul's thought? In Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner seeks to unearth Paul's worldview by observing what Paul actually says in his writings and laying out the most important themes and how they are connected.

According to Schreiner, "The passion of Paul's life, the foundation and capstone of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission was the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ." While continuing to return to this foundation, Schreiner explores themes such as the inclusion of the Gentiles in God's people, the power of sin, God's liberating work of grace, and the unity of the church, as well as the often-neglected topics of Paul as a missionary and his apostolic sufferings.

This second edition is revised throughout and engages with more recent works on Paul. While thoroughly informed by the issues of contemporary Pauline studies, Schreiner offers an accessible account of Paul's theology that focuses on the primary sources. Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ remains a sound, insightful, and trusted exposition of Paul's theology that is well-geared to the needs of seminary students and working pastors.

"Thomas Schreiner is one of the preeminent Pauline scholars of our time and we now have a welcomed update to his magisterial account of Pauline thought. Schreiner has provided a lucid account of Paul as God's chosen envoy for the gospel of God, heralding the work of Christ, and working unto the glory of God. An ideal resource for anyone seeking to better comprehend the teaching and legacy of the apostle Paul."

Michael F. Bird, academic dean and lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

"Paul the apostle suffered greatly to bring the promised gospel message of God in Christ to the nations. A complex and nuanced thinker, he continues to challenge modern readers. Tom Schreiner has updated his sure-handed, landmark survey of the thought patterns throughout Paul's thirteen letters for yet another generation of students—a labor of love."

A. Andrew Das, professor of religious studies, assistant dean of the faculty, Elmhurst College

"With the bewildering amount of modern scholarship on Paul's theology, combined with the complexity of Paul himself, there is a great need for a volume that can carefully and faithfully guide the way. Tom Schreiner's volume on Paul fills that need splendidly. Thorough enough to cover the necessary terrain, yet concise enough for both scholar and pastor, Schreiner provides an exegetical, redemptive-historical, and (above all) theologically faithful tour of Paul's thought. I highly recommend it."

Michael J. Kruger, president and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

"Tom Schreiner has influenced my understanding (and the understanding of many) of the Pauline letters and Pauline theology more than anyone on the planet! Readers of his second edition of this Pauline theology will learn much about Paul's theology, his global mission, and his life-changing encounter with the glory of God in the crucified and resurrected Christ. Pastors and students should have Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ close at hand as they study Paul's letters and theology. This is a clear, accessible, and informative Pauline theology—highly recommended!"

Jarvis J. Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

"The field of Pauline Studies is a moving target. Over the past fifteen years there have been groundbreaking and substantial contributions to the study of Paul's theology. This second edition of Tom Schreiner's Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ continues to be a faithful entrée into Paul's thought and theology with helpful updates to his clear and well-ordered study. Ever an irenic and careful exegete, Schreiner works with the full complement of Paul's letters (accepting all thirteen as authentic), demonstrating central themes arising from the text while allowing for tension in the material to stand for the reader to consider. The second edition of Schreiner's work will continue to be a trusted guide for reading Paul's theology well."

Darian R. Lockett, associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"This is a delightful book—academically substantive, exegetically thorough, theologically robust, and spiritually enriching. Drawing from his decades of studying Paul, Thomas Schreiner proves a faithful guide to understanding the riches of Paul's theology, navigating the wide world of secondary scholarship without getting lost in the details of the multitude of debates. Schreiner writes pastorally with the aim not merely of imparting data but of helping us grasp the life-changing message of Paul's gospel. Following Paul, he helps the reader see 'the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.' This is a must-have resource for pastors, students, and teachers."

Ray Van Neste, dean of the School of Theology & Missions, Union University

"It is always a genuine delight to read Schreiner—he's clear, concise, insightful, and most of all, pastoral. Writing a theology of Paul requires years of exegesis and serious theological reflection. In the second edition of Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ, readers are once again treated to a clear exposition and theology of Paul's thirteen letters. Schreiner's love for Christ and commitment to Scripture shine through the project, as he rightly sees God's work in Christ as the foundation of Pauline theology. There is little doubt that this volume will find a home in the classroom and on countless shelves of pastors and teachers."

Benjamin L. Gladd, associate professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

"When I discovered that Schreiner was producing a second edition of his Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ, my first thought was I hope he doesn't change it much. The first edition has been my favorite Pauline theology since it appeared almost twenty years ago. I am pleased to see that the new edition has only improved it by offering some helpful clarifications and updating the bibliography. For readers who want a warmly evangelical, extensive summary of Pauline theology that is based on sensible exegesis, interacts judiciously with the major currents in Pauline study, addresses the practical needs of the modern church, and is written by someone who obviously shares Paul's captivation with Christ's great glory, Schreiner's work remains the best choice."

Charles Quarles, Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Introduction: The Centrality of God in Christ in Paul's Theology
2. Proclaiming a Magnificent God: The Pauline Mission
3. The Basis of Mission: The Fulfillment of the Promise to Abraham
4. Suffering and the Pauline Mission: The Means of Spreading the Gospel
5. Dishonoring God: The Violation of God's Law
6. Dishonoring God: The Power of Sin
7. The Person of Jesus Christ: The Exaltation of Christ for the Glory of God
8. God's Saving Righteousness: The Basis of a Right Relationship with God
9. God's Liberating Work for His People: Divine Transforming Grace
10. Living to Honor God: The Power to Live a New Life
11. Faith and Hope: The Ground of Perseverance
12. Life of Love in the Spirit: Exhortations and the Law in Paul
13. The Church and Spiritual Gifts: The Unity of God's People
14. The Ordinances of the Church and Its Ministry: The Building Up of the Body
15. The Social World of the New Community: Living as Christians in the Culture
16. The Hope of God's People: The Fulfillment of God's Saving Purposes
Epilogue: Magnifying God in Christ

Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate dean and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books including commentaries on Romans and Galatians and Paul, Apostle of God's Glory in Christ.