Paul and the Power of Grace

John M. G. Barclay

Eerdmans Publishing

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Paul and the Gift transformed the landscape of Pauline studies upon its publication in 2015. In it, John Barclay led readers through a recontextualized analysis of grace and interrogated Paul’s original meaning in declaring it a “free gift” from God, revealing grace as a multifaceted concept that is socially radical and unconditioned—even if not unconditional. 

Paul and the Power of Grace offers all of the most significant contributions from Paul and the Gift in a package several hundred pages shorter and more accessible. Additionally, Barclay adds further analysis of the theme of gift and grace in Paul’s other letters—besides just Romans and Galatians—and explores contemporary implications for this new view of grace.

Table of Contents

Prologue: What Do We Mean by Grace?
1. Grace as Gift
2. Perfections of Gift and Grace
3. Paul, Grace, and Second Temple Judaism
4. “I Do Not Reject the Grace of God” (Galatians 1–2)
5. The Christ-Gift, the Law, and the Promise (Galatians 3–5)
6. The New Community as the Expression of the Gift (Galatians 5–6)
7. The Incongruous Gift and Its Fitting Result (Romans 1–5)
8. New Life in Dying Bodies (Romans 5–8 and 12–15
9. Israel, Christ, and the Mercy of God (Romans 9–11)
10. The Grammar of Grace and the Gift of Christ
11. The Practice of Grace
12. Grace and Other Perspectives on Paul
13. Paul and the Dynamics of Grace Today


  • Paperback
  • 202 pages
  • November 2020
  • 9780802874610