Rediscovering Paul

An Introduction to His World, Letters, and Theology

Second Edition

by E. Randolph Richards, David B. Capes, and Rodney Reeves

Rediscovering Paul
  • Length: 464 pages
  • Published: November 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-5191-1
  • Item Code: 5191
  • Case Quantity: 12

For some of us, the apostle Paul is intimidating, like a distant and difficult uncle. Maybe not someone you'd like to hang out with at a coffee shop on a rainy day. He'd make a scene, evangelize the barista, and arouse looks across the room. For a mid-morning latte, we'd prefer Jesus over Paul.

But Paul is actually the guy who—from Ephesus to Athens—was the talk of the marketplace, the raconteur of the Parthenon. He knew everyone, founded emerging churches, loved the difficult people, and held his own against the intellectuals of his day. If you’re willing to give Paul a try, Rediscovering Paul is your reliable guide. This is a book that reacquaints us with Paul, as if for the first time.

Drawing on the best of contemporary scholarship, and with language shaped by teaching and conversing with today's students, Rediscovering Paul is a textbook that has passed the test. Now in a reworked edition, it’s better than ever. There are fresh discussions of Paul’s letter writing and how those letters were received in the churches, new considerations of pseudonymity and the authenticity of Paul’s letters, and updated coverage of recent developments in interpreting Paul. from Paul’s conversion and call to his ongoing impact on church and culture, this second edition of Rediscovering Paul comes enthusiastically recommended.

"This is an exceptionally well-written introduction to the life, letters and theology of the apostle Paul, ideal for a survey class. The book is full of insights that help us understand Paul in his world and then guidance on how to bring those insights into our modern world. I’ve been using the first edition of this work with great success for seven years. The second edition is even better!"

Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary San Diego

"Rediscovering Paul has anchored my introduction to Paul courses over the last ten years. In the second edition, Capes, Reeves, and Richards keep the clear, accessible prose while updating information based on new scholarship. This gem of a book is all you need to understand and appreciate Paul's letters and theology."

Lynn H. Cohick, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

"With the eyes of scholars, Capes, Reeves, and Richards guide students through the complex world of Paul, his letters, and his interpreters. With the creativity of teachers, they bring wit and real-life examples to their discussion of Paul. With the hearts of pastors, they demonstrate for students the relevance of Paul for today. With this second edition of Rediscovering Paul, students will emerge from the dense forest of Paul and his letters with a better understanding of the apostle, his world, and how his message of the crucified Christ can speak to the issues we face today. Highly recommended."

Jason Maston, assistant professor of theology, Houston Baptist University

"An outstanding and delightful introduction to Paul that will shake its readers out of their modern western assumptions, and help them to grasp the Paul of first-century Judaism, Paul the Roman citizen—and Paul the apostle of Christ."

Constantine R. Campbell, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Introduction: The Challenges of Rediscovering Paul
1. Rediscovering Paul in His World
2. The Christophany
3. Paul, the Letter Writer
4. The Itinerant Paul: Galatians
5. The Itinerant Paul: The Thessalonian Letters
6. The Itinerant Paul: The Corinthian Letters
7. The Itinerant Paul: Romans
8. The Imprisoned Paul
9. The Pastoral Paul
10. Paul’s Theology and Spirituality
11. Paul’s Legacy
12. Paul’s Letters to Our Churches
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


E. Randolph Richards (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is provost and professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is a popular speaker and has authored and coauthored dozens of books and articles, including Paul Behaving Badly, A Little Book for New Bible Scholars, Rediscovering Jesus, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, Rediscovering Paul, The Story of Israel, and Paul and First-Century Letter Writing.

Early on in their ministry he and his wife Stacia were appointed as missionaries to east Indonesia, where he taught for eight years at an Indonesian seminary. Missions remain on the hearts of Randy and Stacia. Randy leads mission trips and conducts missionary training workshops and regularly leads tours of the Holy Land, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. He has served as interim pastor of numerous churches and is currently a teaching pastor. He and Stacia reside in Palm Beach, Florida.

David B. Capes (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean of biblical and theological studies and professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. He has authored, coauthored, or coedited books such as Rediscovering Paul, Rediscovering Jesus, Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul's Christology, The Footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land, The Last Eyewitness, Rebecca's Children, The Voice of Hebrews, and The Voice of Romans.

In addition to contributing to a number of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and professional journals, he served as the lead scholar on a new Bible translation, The Voice Bible. Since the early 1990s, Capes has been active in interfaith dialogue in Houston and cohosts a radio show called A Show of Faith on TALK RADIO 950 KPRC Houston. He was previously academic dean and professor of New Testament at Houston Graduate School of Theology, and he has served as pastor of several churches and has participated in a variety of professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

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