Kregel has put out some wonderful reference tools in their Kregel Charts of the Bible series. This, like their other offerings is nothing short of excellent.
It’s not just that Kierspel gathered an enormous amount of data and put it into an easily digestible form. But the categories and topics he writes about shows his deep understanding of the subject matter at hand.
The book is divided into four sections of charts:
1. Paul’s Background Context
2. Paul’s Life & Ministry
3. Paul’s Letters
4. Paul’s Theological Concepts
I found of particular help the following charts:
- “Roman Emperors before and during Paul’s Life” because it gives perspective into the historical content of Paul.
- “Greco-Roman Religions, Cults, and Philosophies” because it helps us understand the context which Paul preached the gospel in.
- “Chronology of Paul’s Life” because it puts the books into perspective.
- “Comparison of Three Accounts of Paul’s Conversion in Acts” because we can better see how Paul (and Luke) adapted his testimony to fit the context.
- “Diversity in Paul’s Thoughts” because it helps us maintain theological integrity when making wisdom decisions.
- “Metaphors of Salvation” because it helps us better conceptualize our own salvation.
- “The ‘Already’ and ‘Not Yet’” because it shows us the present and future reality of believers.
- “Vices in Paul’s Letters” because it gives a quick reference to things are really are sinful.
- “Virtues in Paul’s Letters” because it shows us what living by the Spirit looks like.
- “Women: Equal and Subordinate to Men” because it helps us see the equality we have in Christ, while simultaneously seeing the relational differences we have.
Kierspel also has charts on every Pauline epistle which are helpful.
The book contains a wealth of insight. It helps add understanding and clarity to this portion of the Scriptures. For anyone looking to teach from Paul or merely wanting a better understanding of him, this resource is a must-have!
Rating: 5/5 (I Loved It)
You can find the book at Kregel or on Amazon.