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Wayne Coppins

The Interpretation of Freedom in the Letters of Paul

With Special Reference to the 'German' Tradition

[Die Interpretation von Freiheit in den Briefen des Paulus. Unter besonderer Bezugnahme auf die 'deutsche' Tradition.]

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With special reference to Martin Luther and twentieth-century »German« New Testament scholarship, Wayne Coppins sheds light on three key issues, namely the importance of freedom in Paul's letters and theology, the centrality and meaning of »freedom from the law,« and the relationship between freedom and service.
Wayne Coppins investigates the interpretation of freedom in Paul's letters with special reference to Martin Luther and twentieth-century »German« New Testament scholarship. He focuses on three key issues, namely the importance of freedom in Paul's letters and theology, the centrality and meaning of »freedom from the law,« and the relationship between freedom and service. In addition to providing a detailed exegesis of the key Pauline texts, the monograph also offers a synthesis of the aforementioned issues and concludes with a retrospective assessment of the promise and pitfalls of 'German' scholarship on freedom in Paul. While critical of the assumption that Paul himself had already developed a unified concept of freedom, the author suggests that it may nevertheless be appropriate to employ freedom as a category for depicting Paul's thought.
Authors/Editors

Wayne Coppins is Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Luther — 81 (2010), S. 56–57 (Hans Joachim Stein)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 53 (2009), S. 588–589
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 135 (2010), S. 831–833 (Jan Lambrecht)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 32.5 (2010), S. 77 (F. Gerald Downing)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 73 (2011), S. 854–855 (Ian W. Scott)