This review is from: CONTOURS OF PAULINE THEOLOGY (Hardcover)
Justification: Creating the Covenant
The section that will give most reformed readers pause will be the section on justification. There's something about discussing that doctrine which gets the blood flowing to the brain and rightly so. There were many points made in this book that I immediately said, "That makes sense" like his discussion on "the body of sin" (Romans 6) and the sexual/marriage imagery of 1 Corinthians 6. I did find his suggestion we understanding the forensic nature of justification not in Roman judicial terms but in Hebrew judicial terms compelling but I'm still not 100% sold on justification as primarily creating covenant. The strength of many of his previous argument though does strengthens his point on justification.
Dig A Little Deeper
Contours of Pauline Theology was immensely readable but you would benefit from some cursory understanding of Pauline scholarship especially as it relates to the New Perspective. I found the themes Holland unpacked thought provoking and exegetically sound. I'll be starting my New Testament reading in my own personal study and will be compelled to look for these themes and dig out of some of their implications as I read. Holland also unpacks his corporate understanding in a more recently released Romans: The Divine Marriage which got a recommendation from Douglas Moo who is one of the premiere scholars on Romans.
I'm happy to report that Dr. Holland was gracious enough to allow me to ask him a couple questions about these themes via email (a sort of informal interview if you will). I feel very honored and humbled that he took the time to converse with me. I will be posting this interview early next week as as a follow up to this review.