interview with Joseph Fitzmyer

Seth Odom interviews Jesuit theologian Joseph Fitzmyer (now approaching 90 years of age) on a variety of subjects, including the New Perspective on Paul and other issues.  Joseph A. Fitzmyer, widely known for his commentary on Romans (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) in the Anchor Bible Commentary Series. He is a Jesuit Priest, and a renown scholar in the field of the New Testament

It’s an interesting interveiw.  I wonder what you all think of it.  Here are some clips:

Seth Odom: The so-called New Perspective on Paul has gained a lot of steam over recent years. Do you think that the NPP has moved Pauline studies forward or caused it to take a few steps back?

Joseph A. Fitzmyer: I do not think that the NPP has moved Pauline studies forward in any sense. It is simply an unconvincing aspect of Pauline interpretation that has attracted some students.


He sure shuts down the question – seems like he doesn’t want to talk about it.  According to Seth if you read through his commentary on Romans, you will see some references to it. While dealing with things such as “works of the Law” he references James Dunn. I don’t recall him quoting N.T. Wright or E.P. Sanders. All in all, he says, it’s a great commentary.

Sounds like a commentary I might like to check out!  lol!

Feel free to let me know what you think.

HT: Trevin Wax


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