Gordon Fee, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study(Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson, 2007).
In the final chapter, Fee briefly looks at the relationship between Christ and the Spirit, especially noting the Christological implications. To do this, Paul’s understanding of the Spirit as having a personhood distinct from the Father and Son is established, and then texts that include Christ and the Spirit are examined. Fee concludes that while Paul may not have explicitly stated the doctrine of the Trinity as such in his writings, his understanding of the “divine triad” sets this groundwork and points us clearly to such an understanding.
My intention for writing such a long review has been to overview Fee’s work for those who may be interested in the contents, however my opinions of the book itself has not fully been discussed. This is partly due to my inadequacy to argue with such deep scholarship! While not every exegetical conclusion may be agreed with, I consider this a monumental work. The attention to detail through rigorous scholarship, the clarity of prose, and the personal devotion that Fee shows throughout this book make it a very unique contribution. I know of no better work of Pauline Christology to recommend.
This book would be suitable for any patient student of the Word, as a resource for preachers, and a great textbook for Bible classes. My only slight hesitation would be for the layman, as despite having such insights and clear writing, this book is very long and technical. At the very least I would recommend the ‘Synopsis’ section to anyone. My desire is that Fee would produce a condensed version of this work, but I believe he is leaving scholarship due to this declining health. My prayers for Fee and thanks for his life’s work are many.
- Synopsis: An exegetical-theological study of Paul’s Christology in two sections: (1) analysis of the texts and (2) theological reflections and conclusions.
- Recommended Audience: Seminary students, pastors/teachers, and serious students (greek knowledge advantageous).
- Read excerpts: Table of Contents and Chapter 2 (Right-click to save).
- Other reviews: New Testament Perspectives blog.
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