Not too long ago the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) was a topic of not a few conversations. Now I really don’t hear too much about it.
Of course, ever since Krister Stendahl’s 1960 essay, “The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West” (which challenged the Protestant Reformation’s understanding of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, positing that the Pauline doctrine of salvation included a works component), E.P. Sanders Paul and Palestinian Judaism, and then the subsequent works of notables like James D.G. Dunn and N.T. Wright, the NPP generated a number of books, journal essays, lectures here and there, and so on.
But I’m not hearing a lot on the NPP these days. Perhaps N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God (the fourth installment in his Christian Origins and the Question of God) will spark a new wave of discussion, or more likely–a regurgitation!