The Damascus Road


There is much debate as to the role of the Damascus Road on Paul’s understanding of the Gospel. Despite this debate, it may be possible to determine the Damascus Christophany as a call and a conversion. With this in mind the event could be understood as the place where the Gospel was revealed to Paul. This does not discount several other foundational elements to Paul’s understanding of the gospel such as the Old Testament, the Jesus traditions and the early church kerygma. Specific examples of the Damascus event as the origin for his understanding of the Gospel are his new eschatological framework which redefines, the Law, the Holy Spirit, the Cross of Christ, Union with Christ, Justification, Reconciliation and God’s Sovereign Grace.

Scroll down to the end for a link to the rest of the essay on the topic

The full question:

What might the Damascus Road encounter with the glorified Jesus have had in forming Paul’s understanding of the Gospel?


These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well. (scroll down to the end for my essay on the topic)

The Road from Damascus: The Impact of Paul’s Conversion on His Life – ed. Longenecker, Richard N. (in particular Seyoon’s contribution)

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul’s Gospel – Seyoon, Kim

What Are They Saying About Paul? – Plevnik, Joseph

‘The Apostle Paul: Problem Formation and Problem Resolution from a Systems Perspective’ Journal of Psychology & Theology 9/2 – Morgan, Levandowski & Rogers

The New Perspective on Paul – Dunn, James D. G.

Conversion and Call of Paul in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters – Everts, J. M.

The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle – Wright, N. T.

Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free – Bruce, F. F.

Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study – Campbell, Constantine R.

Paul Among Jews and Gentiles – Stendahl, Krister

A Man in Christ: The Vital Elements of St. Paul’s Religion – Stewart, James S.

Galatians – Ryken, Philip Graham

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians – Barnett, Paul

The First Epistle to the Corinthians – Fee, Gordon D.

The Acts of the Apostles: A Commentary – Haenchen, Ernst

The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown – Köstenberger, Kellum & Quarles

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