This elegantly designed volume Synopsis of the Pauline Letters, displays related passages from the Pauline corpus and (where relevant) from the Acts of the Apostles in a visually parallel format in both Greek and English. The parallel format juxtaposes related passages which also allows the Synopsis to arrange passages topically. The Greek and English versions of each related passage are set on facing pages to maximize redactional capability. This allows for organizational efficiency and immediate textual and translation comparison. The Synopsis of the Pauline Letters uses the polished NRSV translation as its English text, and for its Greek text, the scholarly standard NA27 (Nestle-Aland 27th Edition) text.
The Synopsis of the Pauline letters is the first conspectus of its kind of the Pauline corpus, and the first to synopsis of the Pauline material to include all 13 of what are traditionally known to be Pauline epistles, and to combine them with the relevant passages from Acts. Covering over 175 topics, this new cutting-edge resource promises to be of much value for research, theology, and for exposition of Paul's letters; and also, for understanding Paul's theology comprehensively and exhaustively.
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This book, "Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English", is an outstanding and incredibly useful reference work. The hours it will save for just about anyone who studies the Bible: Scholars. Pastors. Students. Even the well read Christian.
Especially helpful for study of parallel passages, or comparative studies, in Paul's letters. It contains the letters whose authorship is uncontested (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philipians, 1 Thessalonians, Philemon), and those whose author is debated by some (Ephesians, Colosians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus).
It also includes relevant passages in the Book of Acts that portray his teaching and ministry. This is a really nice feature that can give a wider scope of Paul through Luke's writings.
The Greek text is that of the Nestle-Aland 27th edition. The English text is that of the "New Revised Standard Version" (most widely used translation in Collage and University, in the English speaking world.
There are 6 subheadings: Epistolary Structure Epistolary Forms Literary Forms Themes (by far the largest section) Key Events Co-workers
Under these there are a total 177 studies (a random selection): 1. Salutation 7. Signature 11. Apostolic Parousia 15. Vice List 22. Proposed Hymn Fragments 24. Idolatry and Dehmanization 45. The Temple of God 64. The Mystery of Gentile Inclusion 70. Belonging to Christ 93. The Glory to be Revealed 116. Exhortation to Unity 149. Hymns and Psalms 165. Paul's Meeting with the Apostles in Jerusalem 171. Paul's Co-worker Apollos 177. Paul's Co-worker Aristarchus
There is even a Glossary in the back of a number of words & phrases to assist those who, like me, are laity and have little or no formal schooling in a Bible College or Seminary.
Anyone studying Paul and his letters, teaching about Paul, or even teaching through a particular letter of Paul's, can use this book.
It is not necessarily for beginners, even though they could put it to good use in a number of ways; to put together a devotion or teaching on a particular topic Paul wrote about (remembering it only covers Paul's teaching on the topic or issue- an important fact to remember). Or to see how Paul usually opens his letters. What he taught on a number of issues.
If you have the book "Synopsis of the Four Gospels" edited by Kurt Aland & published by United Bible Societies (available in NT Greek, Greek & English and just in English), you are pretty well set for years of productive study and teaching.