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Despite the wealth of theology books available, churchgoers sometimes find it difficult to find straightforward answers to their deeper questions about Scripture that are not answered by basic introductions. Cedarville University Associate Professor of Bible Timothy Gombis, Ph.D., recently published two works to offer a solution to that problem.
“Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed” was published this past July. Even though theologians have authored hundreds of basic introductions to Paul and his writings, Gombis’ unique goal was to produce a book at a more intermediate level for those already familiar with the fundamentals of Paul and his work. Gombis says that he had his mother and mother-in-law in mind because they had been asking a number of questions regarding the deeper issues surrounding Paul that were not addressed by basic texts. So he directed the work toward people with a church background who want to learn more about the advanced issues and tangled controversies of Pauline studies.
The book was produced as part of a series called “Guides for the Perplexed.” These books are for people with similar questions about famous thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, Augustine, Nietzsche, Bonheoffer and others. When a friend encouraged him to produce a book on Paul for the series, Gombis jumped at the chance and wrote the entire work in only five months to meet the deadline.
Gombis also published “The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God” in October. This book grew out of his dissertation on divine warfare, a capstone work he produced for his degree at the University of St-Andrews in Scotland over 10 years ago. After re-reading his dissertation, Gombis decided to produce a more narrative, less technical, argument of Ephesians for the Church. Wanting to bring Ephesians alive, Gombis spent about two years reworking his thesis into “The Drama of Ephesians.”
Gombis has no intentions of slowing down after producing these two nearly simultaneous publications. For his next project, he wants to start a book on the autobiographical sections of Paul’s letters and Paul’s direction toward the Gospels in his personal narrative. Gombis is also writing a chapter for a book about divine warfare, focusing specifically on the New Testament. In addition, he is working on an article for an academic journal about the new perspective on Paul as discussed among evangelical scholars.
When asked about the reasons Cedarville Bible faculty work so hard to publish while serving at a teaching-heavy university, Gombis says, “We contribute because we love theology, and we’re excited about it.” Gombis and other Bible faculty consistently spread the love and knowledge of their disciplines as they seek to add to theological and philosophical discussions both within the University and throughout the Church.
You may purchase “Paul: A Guide for the Perplexed” and “The Drama of Ephesians” at amazon.com.
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