Paul: An Outline of His Theology

Paul: An Outline of His Theology
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Ridderbos, Herman N.

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Now back in print in a beautiful new paperback edition, this study by one of Europe’s foremost New Testament scholars provides a comprehensive exposition of the teaching of the apostle Paul.

Firmly grounded in a careful exegesis of the biblical text and crafted with constant reference to the wealth of scholarly study of Paul’s writings, this volume is a standard for interpreters of Paul’s thought and all students of the New Testament.

About the Author

Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) was professor of New Testament at the Theological School of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands in Kampen. Among his other books is The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary.

Book Details

588 Pages
Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1977
ISBN 10: 0802844693
ISBN 13: 9780802844699

Recommended by Sinclair Ferguson of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Ferguson's recommendations.

Recommended by Richard B. Gaffin of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Gaffin's recommendations.

Recommended by Michael Kelly of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Professor Kelly's recommendations.

Recommended by K. Scott Oliphint of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Oliphint's recommendations.

Recommended by Lane Tipton of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Tipton's recommendations.

"Ridderbos discusses the history of Pauline scholarship and the fundamental structures of Paul's theology in this monumental work. Rejecting the Hegelian understanding of Paul found in F. C. Baur and the Liberal school of H. J. Holtzmann, Ridderbos stresses the eschatological center of Paul's theology that comes to its culmination in Christ. Ridderbos notes that the doctrine of Christ as the eternal image of God, the firstborn over creation, and Christ as the revelation of the mystery of God form the matrix of theological principles at the heart of Paul's theology. From Ridderbos' perspective, the eternal-ontological realm of reality and the redemptive-historical dimension of reality find their binding center in Christ. Hence, Paul is not merely engaging in historical reconstruction of Israel's identity; rather, he is proclaiming the historical manifestation of the eternal Son of God. Another important aspect of Ridderbos' work is his discussion of Paul's elaboration of the indicative and imperative. The indicative is the accomplishment and application of redemption, which issues in the imperative to walk in a manner worthy of the heavenly calling in Christ. The key point: the indicative always and at every point underlies and frames the imperative. Ridderbos' Paul: An Outline of His Theology is invaluable for grasping the basics of Pauline theology."
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff

“A mine of many treasures. . . Every student of New Testament theology will want to own and study this perceptive, comprehensive outline of Paul's theology.”
- Christianity Today

“Among recent research on Paul, I consider Herman Ridderbos's book a standard. It offers extraordinary insights and information and presents an interpretation of Pauline theology that should be carefully considered and thoroughly discussed.”
- Ernst Kasemann

“At last we have a comprehensive, satisfying work on the theology of Paul, written by one who is probably the most outstanding evangelical New Testament scholar on the continent of Europe.”
- George Eldon Ladd

“Ridderbos has devoted many years to studying Paul's writings in depth; he is also familiar with the main lines of Pauline research from F. C. Baur to our own contemporaries. He gives us his own exposition of Paul's thought and at the same time interacts with the interpretations of other scholars. . . A standard work.”
- F. F. Bruce

“Iin many ways this is the most comprehensive and thorough exposition of the teaching of the apostle Paul that I have ever read. It will stimulate thought and study by its originality at points, and even when it provokes some disagreement. The translation is most readable.”
- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Paul's epistles demand intensive attention, and Ridderbos takes us along all the routes of the apostle's thinking. We are acquainted with his missionary journeys; how much more important his travels through the depths and riches of the gospel!”
- G. C. Berkouwer

“Here we find sound exegesis, perceptive analysis, profound insight, and a humble listening to the voice of Paul. This comprehensive study is not only highly recommended; it is a sine qua non for every student of the New Testament and its message.”
- Bastiaan VanElderen