Among other aspects of his writings, the New Perspective reexamines Paul’s moral self-evaluation in light of his Jewish background and his faith in Jesus as Messiah. Many scholars follow Krister Stendahl’s lead in finding a “robust” conscience in Paul and take this as one more element distinguishing the undisputed letters from the disputed letters. This article reconsiders the key texts in this construal of Paul’s spiritual career and explores the broader implications for understanding his thought.

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