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This book is the culmination of a career of researching and teaching Paul's letters. Highly respected senior New Testament scholar James Thompson offers a unique approach to Pauline theology, focusing on Paul's attempts to persuade his audience toward moral formation. Thompson recognizes Paul as a pastor who brought together theology and rhetoric to encourage spiritual formation in his communities. Attempts to find total consistency in Paul's writings fail, says Thompson, because Paul's persuasive tactics changed depending on the situation he was addressing.

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"A crowning achievement of a senior scholar"

"In this insightful book, James Thompson embodies the proverbial task of reuniting things that are so often wrongly split asunder--in this case, Paul's theology, rhetoric, and life. Thompson unveils a sophisticated blend of these dimensions in Paul's work of contextual theologizing for the pastoral--indeed, prophetic--aim of community transformation. This volume reintroduces us to Paul and his letters from a distinctive vantage point; it also has significant implications for the church and its ministries."
--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore

"In Apostle of Persuasion James Thompson masterfully brings together two critical areas that are usually treated separately in Pauline studies: rhetoric and theology. Arguing for a multilayered rather than one-dimensional approach, Thompson deftly situates Paul's letters as compositions in which the apostle interweaves theological and rhetorical strategies to persuade his audiences toward moral formation and ethical behavior. Extensively documented, engagingly written, and innovative in outlook, this book will help students and scholars attend more holistically to the rich textures of Pauline discourses."
--Davina C. Lopez, Eckerd College

"Building on his valuable 'Pauline trilogy' (Pastoral Ministry according to Paul, Moral Formation according to Paul, and The Church according to Paul), James Thompson helps Pauline scholars and students to see clearly how theology and rhetoric are inextricably connected in Paul. With clarity and verve Thompson's Apostle of Persuasion evinces that the telosof the apostle's theologizing and persuasion is the (trans)formation of Christ followers into their Lord's image and likeness. This learned, limpid volume is a crowning achievement of a senior scholar that will richly repay readers by helping them to integrate the theological and rhetorical elements of the apostle's occasional letters into a coherent, cogent whole."
--Todd D. Still, Baylor University, Truett Seminary

"An incisive construal of the innovative rhetoric that emerges from Paul's use of persuasion in the service of theologically informed moral formation. Mature, sensible scholarship that yields a nuanced synthesis of Pauline thought."
--Carl R. Holladay, Emory University

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  • Title Apostle of Persuasion: Theology and Rhetoric in the Pauline Letters
  • Author James W. Thompson
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 320
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • ISBN 9780801099724 / 0801099722
  • Weight 1.25 lbs (0.57 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 in (23.11 x 15.49 x 3.05 cm)
  • Themes
    • Religious Orientation: Christian
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2019039574
  • Dewey Decimal Code 227.06

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James W. Thompson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is scholar in residence at the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the editor of Restoration Quarterly and has written numerous books, including Moral Formation according to Paul, Pastoral Ministry according to Paul, and The Church according to Paul.
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