Crossan, John Dominic and Reed, Jonathan L., In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (HarperSanFrancisco), 2004, brings together the latest research in archaeology and Pauline exegesis.
Ehrensperger, Kathy, Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement (London: T&T Clark), 2007, examines Paul’s use of power and authority.
Elliott, Neil, Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle (Fortress Press), 2005, argues for a liberationist reading of Paul.
Elliott, Neil, The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire (Fortress Press), 2009, incorporates insights from classical studies, rhetorical criticism, postcolonial criticism, and people’s history.
Given, Mark D., ed., Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle (Baker Academic), 2010, includes a wide variety of essays.
Hardin, Justin K., Galatians and the Imperial Cult: A Critical Analysis of the First-Century Social Context of Paul’s Letter (Mohr Siebeck), 2008, assesses the imperial cult as the background for understanding the social setting of Galatians.
Harland, Philip A., Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society (Augsburg Fortress Publishers), 2003, considers the formation, operation, and functions of congregations and synagogues within the larger framework of voluntary associations in the Roman world.
Harrill, J. Albert, Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context (Cambridge University Press), 2012, argues for Paul’s inclusion in the pantheon of key figures of classical antiquity.
Horsley, Richard A., ed., Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society (Trinity Press International), 1997, emphasizes the Roman imperial context of Paul.
Horsley, Richard A., ed., Paul and Politics: Ekklesia, Israel, Imperium, Interpretation (Trinity Press International), 2002, brings together scholars on the cutting edge of Pauline studies.
Horsley, Richard A. and Silberman, Neil Asher, The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World (Augsburg Fortress Publishers), 2002, uses both archaeological and textual research in reassessing Jesus and Paul.
Kim, Seyoon, Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.), 2008, questions the new “anti-imperial” hermeneutic.
Kim, Yung Suk, Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor (Fortress Press), 2009, presents a new argument about Paul’s metaphor of the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians.
Longenecker, Bruce W., Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.), 2010, challenges the widespread notion that Paul had little or no concern for the poor.
Lopez, Davina, Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission (Fortress Press), 2009, provides a new and more critical perspective on the systematic violence of the Roman Empire and a renewed understanding of “Paul’s politics of the new creation.”
Marchal, Joseph, The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul (Fortress Press), 2009, argues that understanding the way rhetorics of power overlap and intersect requires a nuanced combination of feminist and postcolonial criticism and a “thick description” of colonized space.
Marchal, Joseph, ed., Studying Paul’s Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods (Fortress Press), 2012, is organized for use in a single semester course on Paul.
Stanley, Christopher D., ed., The Colonized Apostle: Paul in Postcolonial Eyes (Fortress Press), 2011, includes essays introducing postcolonial criticism.
Tabor, James D., Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity (Simon & Schuster), 2012, argues that Paul was the “second” founder of Christianity.
Walsh, Brian J. and Keesmaat, Sylvia C., Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (InterVarsity Press), 2004, explores the revolutionary and subversive message of Colossians.
Wasserman, Emma, Apocalypse as Holy War: Divine Politics and Polemics in the Letters of Paul (Yale University Press), 2019, examines Paul’s apocalypticism in the broader context of Mediterranean and West Asian religious thought.
Wright, N.T., Paul: In Fresh Perspective (Augsburg Fortress Publishers), 2005, elaborates on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004.
Zetterholm, Magnus, Approaches to Paul: A Student’s Guide to Recent Scholarship (Fortress Press), 2009, surveys not only the new perspective but other recent perspectives as well (including feminist and postcolonial perspectives).