A Theology of Paul and His Letters

A Theology of Paul and His Letters

The Gift of the New Realm in Christ
Douglas J. Moo
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  • October 26, 2021

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About the Authors

Douglas J. Moo

Douglas J. Moo

PhD., University of St. Andrews

Douglas J. Moo is the Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.


A landmark study of the apostle's writings by one of the world's leading Pauline scholars.

This highly anticipated volume gives pastors, scholars, and all serious students of the New Testament exactly what they need for in-depth study and engagement with one of Christian history's most formative thinkers and writers. A Theology of Paul and His Letters is a landmark study of the apostle's writings by one of the world's leading Pauline scholars Douglas J. Moo. Fifteen years in the making, this groundbreaking work is organized into three major sections:

  • Part 1 provides an overview of the issues involved in doing biblical theology in general and a Pauline theology in particular. Here Moo also sets out the methodological issues, formative influences, and conceptual categories of Paul's thought.
  • Part 2 moves on to Paul's New Testament writings, where Moo describes each Pauline letter with particular relevance to its theology.
  • Part 3 offers a masterful synthesis of Paul’s theology under the overarching theme of the gift of the new realm in Christ.

Engaging, insightful, and wise, this substantive, evangelical treatment of Paul's theology offers extensive engagement with the latest Pauline scholarship without sacrificing its readability. This volume brings insights from over thirty years of experience studying, teaching, and writing about Paul into one comprehensive guide that will serve readers as a go-to resource for decades to come.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT) series provides upper college and seminary-level textbooks for students of New Testament theology, interpretation, and exegesis. Pastors and discerning theology readers alike will also benefit from this series. Written at the highest level of academic excellence by recognized experts in the field, the BTNT series not only offers a comprehensive exploration of the theology of every book of the New Testament, including introductory issues and major themes, but also shows how each book relates to the broad picture of New Testament Theology.

"Moo has produced here a massive and monumental work on Pauline theology that will teach readers for decades to come.”

—Rev. Michael F. Bird (PhD University of Queensland), Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia

"Doug Moo’s A Theology of Paul and His Letters is a book all scholars and pastors should have on their shelves. It gives a sane and very well-reasoned interpretation of the key topics in Paul’s theology ... the “New Perspective,” justification, grace, and the necessary transformation of true believers."

—G. K. Beale, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

  • Author’s Preface

  • Abbreviations

  • Part 1: Introductory Issues

  • 1. Approaching Paul’s Theology
  • 2. The Shape of Paul’s Thought

  • Part 2: The Theology of the Letters

  • 3. Paul, Missionary Theologian
  • 4. Galatians
  • 5. 1 Thessalonians
  • 6. 2 Thessalonians
  • 7. 1 Corinthians
  • 8. 2 Corinthians
  • 9. Romans
  • 10. Colossians
  • 11. Philemon
  • 12. Ephesians
  • 13. Philippians
  • 14. 1 Timothy
  • 15. Titus
  • 16. 2 Timothy

  • Part 3: The Theology of Paul

  • 17. The Center of the New Realm
  • 18. The Inauguration of the New Realm
  • 19. The Old Realm: The Context for the Good News
  • 20. The Blessings of the New Realm
  • 21. Entering the New Realm
  • 22. The Consummation of the New Realm
  • 23. The People of the New Realm
  • 24. Living in the New Realm

  • Part 4: Final Matters

  • 25. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

  • Scripture Index

  • Index of Extrabiblical Literature

  • Subject Index

  • Author Index


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