Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-27-2017

School

School of Divinity

Major

Religion: Biblical Studies

Keywords

New Perspective, James, Theology, Biblical Studies, N.T. Wright, James D. G. Dunn, E. P. Sanders

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | History of Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

The New Perspective on Paul is a new theory of how to interpret the Pauline epistles through the lens of first century Judaism. Three of the leading scholars that hold to the New Perspective are E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, and N.T. Wright. These men have done their best to defend the New Perspective of Paul, but have not adequately used, or explained the arguments set forth in the book of James, specifically found in James 2:14-26. The New Perspective fails to either give an analysis of James through the proposed lens of the New Perspective, or show how the book of James affects the New Perspective on Paul overall.

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