The New Perspective on Justification: A Brief Introduction to the Discussion


If you have heard of The New Perspective on Paul, Second Temple Judaism, N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, or E.P. Sanders, but aren’t really sure what all the fuss is about, this book by Steve West will serve you well. It doesn’t draw out all the nuances, but it does lay out the essential issues so that you can become aware of the heart of the controversy.

56 pages



Many pastors and Christians have heard of the new perspective on justification, but are not exactly sure what it is. The literature on the new perspective is often difficult to understand, and the books are often quite lengthy. Even for those who want to study the subject, it is hard to know where to begin. This booklet is designed to be an introduction to the subject. Its purpose is to serve as a helpful first word, not the final word. Here, key thinkers and their ideas are briefly surveyed. It is not exhaustive and not an in-depth study, nor is it a substitute for further research, but it does effectively introduce the topic. Justification is extremely important, and Christians need to be aware that the doctrine is being formulated in radically new and different ways.

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