Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pauline Parallels

Pauline Parallels

Author: Walter T. Wilson
Publisher: Westminster John Knox
Paperback: xvii + 469 pps.

Many thanks to Emily Kiefer from WJK for this review copy. As the title suggests, this book is purely a guide for Pauline parallels throughout his epistles (includes all 13). There's really not much for me to review but to just give you a snippet of how exactly this book works. For example, if I turn to the page that shows Galatians 3:1-9 as the main heading:

He will first show the Gal. 3:1-9 text in full (I believe he quotes all from NASB), then lists out other 'Galatian Parallels' in full (in this case, he listed Gal. 4:6; 5:11, 16; 6:12), then moves to 'Other Pauline Parallels' (Rom. 3:28; 4:2-3; 1 Cor. 12:8-10, etc.), to 'Other Biblical Parallels' (Gen. 12:1, 3, etc.), and finally to 'Noncanonical Parallels' in which he will quote in full, Sirach 44:20 and Mishnah Nedarim 3:11 in this case.

I think this will be a tremendous asset in helping any readers of Paul see where he may be drawing his thoughts from, and not only that, how there may be continuities between one epistle to the next. He does not quote the original languages, and in the beginning he lists the translations from which he derived his quotations (such as Charlesworth's The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and sources from Loeb Classical Library).

Overall, a very good addition to my library!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great resource to have! I want one too!

Mike S. said...

Brian: You should definitely try to get a copy for yourself! :)