New Paul Intro: All Things to All Cultures

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.

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  • Ian Thomason

    Hi, Mike.

    Can I take it Eerdmans is fleshing out something a ‘mini-series’ of studies from the Macquarie Uni/ACT stables? (Messrs Harding and Nobbs earlier editorial labour, ‘The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition’ shares a good number of contributors with the pending volume.)

    I thought the former work was well worth the asking price. No doubt ‘All Things to All Cultures’ will be the same.


  • Leah

    The title of the book is both misleading and an example of the religious provincialism that mis-informs such books as this – and Christian apologetics altogether

    Misleading because it does not include any of the hundreds (even thousands) of other cultures that existed all over the world when “Paul” was alive.
    Provincial because it presumes that Paul, the Bible and Christianity are the only source of Truth in the world, and/or that the Jews, Greeks & Romans were/are the only other cultures that matter to all of humankind.

    • Ian Thomason


      Given your assessment, I can only assume that you overlooked the book’s subtitle, ‘Paul Among Jews, Greeks and Romans’. This clearly isn’t intended to be a work on comparative sociology, broadly considered.