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The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Perriman

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At a time when the Western church is having to come to terms--painfully and often reluctantly--with its diminished social and intellectual status in the world following the collapse of Christendom, we find ourselves, as interpreters of Paul, increasingly impressed by the need to relocate his writings in their historical context. That is not a coincidence. The Future of the People of God is an attempt to make sense of Paul's letter to the Romans at the intersection of these two developments. It puts forward the argument that we must first have the courage of our historical convictions and read the text before Christendom, from the limited, shortsighted perspective of an emerging community that dared to defy the gods of the ancient world. This act of imaginative, critical engagement with the text will challenge many of our assumptions about Paul's "gospel of God," but it will also put us in a position to reconstruct an identity and purpose for the people of God after Christendom that is both biblically and historically coherent.

"The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom is clearly written and compellingly argued. Andrew Perriman probes the meaning of Romans, Paul's most important letter, shedding light on the respective places of Jews and Gentiles in the redemptive plan of God. Perriman has captured the apostle's thought and with impressive skill shows how it unfolds step by step. More impressive still is how the letter to the Romans is read in the light of the political realities of the Roman Empire in the middle of the first century and the dominical prophecy of Jerusalem's impending doom. This is a great book. Highly recommended."
--Craig A. Evans
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament
Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia

"Andrew Perriman here gives a fresh, highly stimulating reading of Romans rooted in its first century setting. His approach focuses on a soon-to-come historical crisis for Judaism and for the pagan world of Paul's day, and provides new angles on passage after passage in Romans. This highly original book cannot fail to provoke thought, debate, argument, reflection and re-reading of Romans, both in its first century setting and for today."

-Steve Walton
Senior Lecturer in Greek and New Testament Studies, and Director of Research
London School of Theology, United Kingdom

Andrew Perriman is a traveler, blogger (, ad hoc teacher and pastor, and independent theologian. He is the author of Speaking of Women: Interpreting Paul (1998), Faith, Health and Prosperity (2003), The Coming of the Son of Man: New Testament Eschatology for an Emerging Church (2005), and Re:Mission: Biblical Mission for a Post-Biblical Church (2007).


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Romans in the light of eschatology 31. August 2011
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This book is an examination of Romans through the lens of eschatology. It is probably the clearest explanation of Romans that I've read. If you start with the idea that the grand Biblical narrative is about evolving from the Mosaic Covenant to the New Covenant, the arguments in Romans make perfect sense in their own evolution. Did you ever wonder why chapters 9-11 seem out of place or an enigma to most interpreters? What if THEY were the climax of the soteriological argument instead of chapters 5-8?

Reformed types be warned: Perriman will invalidate your interpretation of key passages in Romans.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Commentary that Isn't a Commentary 6. Oktober 2014
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I think everyone studying Romans should read at least one book that tries to place the message of Romans clearly in the thought life and concerns of first century Judaism and get it away from being a textbook on classic systematics doctrines like justification, faith vs. works, etc. Such books will shake a lot of things loose and help you put the puzzle pieces of Romans together in ways where a lot more pieces fit naturally - more naturally than reading the book from the standpoint of Protestant/Catholic conflicts or a treatise on individual salvation.

Perriman's book is not the only book that does this, but having read my share, I've found it to be the most cohesive. It's also short, which counts for more than you might think.

By the time you're done with this book, you will have been exposed to a very consistent way of reading Romans that, even if you end up rejecting some of the conclusions, will help you orient yourself in the right direction. Many of the things said also have implications for how we read the New Testament as a whole. In this book, the basic hermeneutic seems more important than specific results, and that hermeneutic ties together a great deal of texts.

You can almost hear the author saying, "I'm not going to stake my life on this particular conclusion, but the driving force here is obvious, and I think it'll take us here. What do you think? Do other ideas make better sense of this passage? I don't see how they do." Which is a great way to do theology.

Perriman is also conversant with extra-biblical writings that help us see the thought-life of the New Testament in much more concrete terms than we might have trying to interpret Romans in a historical vacuum.

This book is not a commentary per se, but if you're looking for something that will provide you a detailed sweep through Romans and get you pointed in the right directions for your own study, this will be a great addition to your library.
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