It may be several weeks before I get a chance to read these books, but I did want to acknowledge that IVP Academic has sent me a copy of Michael J. Kruger’s The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in New Testament Debate and a few weeks before that Preston Sprinkle’s Paul and Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in the New Testament. Here are the blurbs for these books:
The Question of Canon:
Unlike many books on the New Testament canon, this book does not seek to explain why these books and no others. It asks the questions Why is there a NT at all? Was the notion of a canon of literature out of sync with the earliest Christian movement? Michael Kruger challenges commonly held views on the emergence of the NT canon.
Paul and Judaism Revisited:
Ever since E. P. Sanders published Paul and Palestinian Judaism in 1977, students of Paul have been probing, weighing and debating the similarities and dissimilarities between the understandings of salvation in Judaism and in Paul. Do they really share a common notion of divine and human agency? Or do they differ at a deep level? And if so, how? Broadly speaking, the answers have lined up on either side of the old perspective and new perspective divide. But can we move beyond this impasse?
Preston Sprinkle reviews the state of the question and then tackles the problem. Buried in the Old Testament’s Deuteronomic and prophetic perspectives on divine and human agency, he finds a key that starts to turn the rusted lock on Paul’s critique of Judaism. Here is a proposal that offers a new line of investigation and thinking about a crucial issue in Pauline theology.