Chester’s ‘Reading Paul’ Named Biblical Studies Book of the Year

Christianity Today has named Reading Paul with the Reformers: Reconciling Old and New Perspectives, by North Park Theological Seminary professor of New Testament Stephen Chester as its Biblical Studies Book of the Year.

“This is a much-needed and well-executed book,” wrote Andreas Köstenberger, senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“It is much needed because the Reformers’ reading of Paul has long been the storm center of Pauline studies, most recently within the context of critiques advanced by proponents of the ‘New Perspective on Paul.’ These critiques have opened up room for a reappraisal and reassessment of the Reformers’ reading of Paul. Chester has astutely discerned this need and risen to the challenge.”

Earlier this year fellow New Testament scholar Scot McKnight wrote on his Patheos blog that Chester’s book offers a “must-read” perspective and ranks alongside studies by influential scholars E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, D. Campbell, N.T. Wright, and John Barclay.

Reading Paul is available at



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