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The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective (Paternoster Biblical Monographs) Paperback – 28 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers (28 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556352743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556352744
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,141,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael F. Bird (Ph.D., University of Queensland) is a Lecturer at the Bible College of Queensland, previously he tutored at Highland Theological Institute in Dingwell, Scotland. He is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamentum Societas, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Tyndale Fellowship.

He has written "The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective" (Paternoster Biblical Monographs); "A Bird's Eye View of Paul; Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission" (Library of New Testament Studies); "Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question; Colossians" (New Covenant Commentary); "Crossing over Sea and Land: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period" and "Romans" ("Regula Fidei" Zondervan Commentary series) "- Editorial Review."

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This book presents a series of studies on contentious aspects of Paul's doctrine of justification including the meaning of `righteousness', the question of imputation, the role of resurrection in justification, an evaluation of the New Perspective, the soteriological and ecclesiological significance of justification, justification by faith with judgement according to works, and debates over the orthodoxy of N.T. Wright. The burden of the volume is to demonstrate that reformed and `new' readings of Paul are indispensable to attaining a full understanding of Paul's soteriology. An analysis of Galatians and Romans demonstrates that the convenantal and forensic dimensions of justification go hand in glove. The vertical and horizontal aspects need to be appropriately described and weighted in order to provide a holistic rendering of justification in Paul's letters. According to Paul, faith alone in Jesus Christ is the instrument of eschatological vindication; and faith alone marks out the true people of God.

`In a debate where the worst of Protestant in-fighting has been revived, and "the spirit of
slavery" has been more influential than "the Spirit of adoption", Michael Bird's treatment is more than welcome. His is a calm, judicious and eirenic voice amid the welter of paranoid accusation and counter-accusation, which ought to be heard widely, and -- more important -- ought to be heeded. Perhaps then the world will be able to say again, "See how these Christians love one another" -- without sneering!.'
James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham

`For fair treatment and thoroughness of coverage, including that of literature which
usually flies under most scholars' radar, this book is probably unmatched.'
Robert H.
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Although he is a "historical Jesus specialist and Synoptic Gospels kind-a-guy," Michael Bird is also an insightful academic that has been well versed in reformed and revisionist readings of Paul; being such, in this monograph he is conversant with the aggressive questions that have both camps up in arms. Evenhandedly, the book embarks upon the fundamental issues and finds both parties lacking in areas and needing each other's help in their endeavor to better understand Paul. Naturally, the discussion surrounds itself around the gamut of righteousness language: imputed righteousness, the righteousness of God, Justification to the doers of the law, covenant membership, forensic justification, etc. Among these, I thought the developments and arguments made in chapter six, "Justification as Forensic Status or Covenant Membership," to be the most rewarding, which gives a tour de force of relevant intertestamental and first century common era literature in discussing Galatians and Romans. Additionally, this volume puts forward an alternative to imputation in a discussion of the helpful phrase "incorporated righteousness." Michael also gracefully challenges the skeptical and critical reader of NT Wright to take a good second look at the bishop and his views, hoping for them to come away less discordant as he shows them the profits to be made in Wright's scholarship. Furthermore and particularly noteworthy is that SROG gives nineteen of its pages to treating its readers to the developments made by Seifrid and Gaffin concerning the role of resurrection in salvation, calling attention to its vital function in justification.

While this book could be a difficult read for one unfamiliar with Paul's world and the NP, readers of Paul will lament if they pass this monograph over; it must be read if one is to continue to be reasonable in their exploration of the apostle to the gentiles and remain in balance with reformed and revisionist views concerning Paul's thought.
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