The following book is comprised of a series of essays and reviews that have been produced over the past several years, all related, in one way or the other, to the New Perspective on Paul (NPP). This "defense" of the NPP takes the form of a combination of exegesis and extended book reviews. In endeavoring to "defend" the NPP, the eight chapters of this book contain a common thread, namely, that the movement generically bearing this moniker is not inimical to most historical/traditional systems of soteriology. Yet because of the rather volatile reaction of many, the volume seeks to redress the balance in favor of a more tempered approach to a highly controversial topic.
Don Garlington hails from the state of Arkansas. After attending Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, he took the degrees of M.Div. and Th.M. at Westminster Theological Seminary. From 1977-82, he was a lecturer in biblical studies at Trinity Ministerial Academy, Montville, New Jersey. Thereafter, he obtained the Ph.D. from the University of Durham, completing a thesis on "The Obedience of Faith: A Pauline Phrase in Historical Context," under the supervision of James D. G. Dunn. From 1987-2002, he was professor of New Testament at Toronto Baptist Seminary. From 2004-06 he was adjunct professor of New Testament at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. He continues to make his home in Toronto and is currently engaged in a variety of writing projects.
His publications include: The Obedience of Faith: A Pauline Phrase in Historical Context (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1991); Faith, Obedience, and Perseverance: Aspects of Paul's Letter to the Romans (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1994); Exegetical Essays (3rd ed.; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2003); In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Reviews (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2005), and numerous articles in various periodicals.