Dr. Richard Kingsley Moore received his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently Head of New Testament Department at the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia and a Lecturer at Murdoch University.
The Doctrine of ‘Justification’ in Paul, in Historical Perspective and in The English Bible God’s Gift of Right Relationship
The doctrine of ‘Justification’ lay at the very heart of the Reformation. Drawing on the ethos and skills provided by the Renaissance, the Reformers sought to implement the ideal of sola scriptura by returning to the fount of Christianity, the New Testament. They promoted their stance by making available vernacular translations of the Scriptures for the ordinary person of their day, represented by the ‘ploughboy’. But in returning to the sources, in particular the apostle Paul, inevitably they read him through the long tradition with which ‘Justification’ had become encrusted. It affected both their understanding and their vernacular translations. This three volume work investigates the doctrine of ‘Justification’ from three perspectives: (1) What Paul wrote, especially in Galatians and Romans; (2) How his doctrine has been understood through almost 2000 years of Christian scholarship; (3) How it has been presented in English translations. In our quest for the recovery of Paul’s meaning, these three aspects act like partners in a three-way conversation.