Thinking Through Paul

Thinking Through Paul

A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology

Bruce W. Longenecker, Todd D. Still
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  • September 9, 2014

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About the Authors

Bruce W. Longenecker

Bruce W. Longenecker

Ph.D., University of Durham, England

Bruce W. Longenecker is professor of religion and W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has previously taught at the University of St. Andrews, Cambridge University, and the University of Durham. He is the author of several books, including Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World, and The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World.

Todd D. Still

Todd D. Still

Ph.D., University of Glasgow, Scotland

Todd Still serves as the dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to having written Colossians for the revised edition of The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Dr. Still is the author of Conflict at Thessalonica as well as Philippians & Philemon. He is also the (co-) editor of several volumes (including Jesus and Paul Reconnected, After the First Urban Christians, and Tertullian and Paul) and has published articles in such scholarly journals as New Testament Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly.


The study of Paul and his letters can be exciting, challenging, and life-changing, but only if it is done well and only if students achieve more than a basic familiarity with the subject. This is exactly what Pauline experts Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still accomplish with their new textbook aimed at college and seminary level courses on Paul and his writings.

Longenecker and Still bring decades of study and expertise to Thinking through Paul, challenging readers to delve deeply into Paul’s writings and wrestle with his richly-layered and dynamic theological discourse.

Seeking to situate their study of the Apostle in proper perspective, Longenecker and Still first look at Paul’s life before and after his encounter with the risen Christ en route to Damascus, then examine each of Paul’s letters individually, and finally synthesize the Pauline writings to highlight the main strands of Paul’s theologizing—all the while keeping in mind the particular context of first-century Christianity. Filled with images, maps, charts, and questions for further study and discussion, Thinking through Paul is both engaging and easy-to-follow, making it the perfect choice for classrooms and for interested readers.

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations

  • Introduction


  • 1. A Survey of Paul’s Life and Ministry


  • 2. 1 and 2 Thessalonians

  • 3. Galatians

  • 4. 1 Corinthians

  • 5. 2 Corinthians

  • 6. Romans

  • 7. Philippians

  • 8. Philemon and Colossians

  • 9. Ephesians

  • 10. The Pastoral Letters


  • 11. The Apocalyptic Narrative of Paul’s Theological Discourse

  • 12. Paul’s Theological Narrative and Other Macro-Narratives of His Day

  • 13. Paul’s Theological Narrative and the Micro-Narratives of Jesus Groups

  • A Very Sort Conclusion

  • Glossary

  • Scripture Index

  • Subject Index

  • Author Index

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