Chris Tilling asks:
What is your preferred model for understanding Paul? Salvation history? Apocalyptic? Justification by faith? Something else?
My answer is that I don’t have a preferred model because as Adolf von Harnack observed many moons ago:
Marcion was the only Gentile Christian who understood Paul, and even he misunderstood him: the rest never got beyond the appropriation of particular Pauline sayings, and exhibited no comprehension especially of the theology of the Apostle, so far as in it the universalism of Christianity as a religion is proved, even without recourse to Moralism and without putting a new construction on the Old Testament religion. (History of Dogma, 1.89-90)
I mean if Marcion couldn’t even get it completely right, what hope do I possibly have? ;-)