Logos Bible Software has outdone itself for the “Free Book of the Month” Promotion. Logos partners with Eerdmans to offer Stephen Westerholm’s Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme. This book is a good overview of Paul’s view of justification by faith and the role of the works of the law. He summarizes the “New Perspective on Paul” (Krister Stendahl, E. P. Sanders, Heikki Räisänen, N. T. Wright, James D. G. Dunn, and Douglas A. Campbell). Westerholm recognizes some of the critiques of the traditional view of Paul, but does not find the New Perspective persuasive either. If you are curious about what the “New Perspective on Paul” is, I wrote a series of posts two years ago covering many of the key points.
As a bonus, Logos has an “almost free book of the month,” Douglas A. Campbell, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. This is a great value at only 99 cents (the book is more that 1200 pages!) Campbell’s views on Paul are challenging since he recognizes the New Perspective but pushes beyond it to “a noncontractual, ‘apocalyptic; reading of many of the apostle’s most famous—and most troublesome—texts.” He want to avoid the theological rhetoric which usually pervades discussions on Justification (ie., the John Piper/N. T. Wright exchange a few years ago). In order to do this, he attempts to isolate Paul’s view of justification, works, and law from post-reformation theology. The book was controversial and generated a few articles in direct response, including Douglas J. Moo, “The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas A. Campbell.” JETS 53 (2010): 143-150.
As always, Logos has a “giveaway” related to their free book, this month you can enter to win a set of the Two Horizons Commentary (10 vols., $174.95 value). I reviewed the Pastoral Epistles commentary by Robert Wall and Richard Steele, and concluded it was a “helpful contribution to the study of the Pastorals which will be profitable for both layman and pastor.”
Both of these books are excellent additions to your Logos library, so make sure to add them to your library before the end of the month.