Coming out from Eerdmans around late November is All Things to All Cultures: Paul Among Jews, Greeks, and Romans edited by Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs. It looks to me very much like a “Macquarie Uni and Friends” project with several contributors from Macquarie University where the history department is known for its robust treatment of early church sociology and archaeology in the ancient world (check out the works of E.A. Judge and the New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity Series). I’m glad to say that I’m among one of the friends as I wrote the chapter on Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Here’s the blurb:
All Things to All Cultures sets Paul in his first-century context and illuminates his interactions with Jews, Greeks, and Romans as he spread the gospel in the Mediterranean world. In addition to exploring Paul’s context and analyzing his letters, the book has chapters on the chronology of Paul’s life, the text of the Pauline letters, the scholarly contributions to our understanding of Paul over the last 150 years, and the theology of the Pauline corpus. There is no comparable introduction to Paul that integrates the Jewish, Greek, and Roman influences on him and the letters that make up a substantial portion of the New Testament.