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While somewhat on the technical side, this book was also the most balanced approach to the New Perspective on Paul which I have encountered. Gine acknowledges Sanders revised (and accurate) understanding of the nature of first-century Judaism. He also interacts with the idea of Pauls challenge to the [mis]use of Jewish covenantal law as an identity marker for the emerging Christian community, but here he does something distinct -- he makes a point of noting that Paul was not against Jewish practices for Jewish believers, but only their imposition upon non-Jewish believers as a means of determining who was part of the community of faith in Jesus. He acknowledges that congregations in the period would thus have included both Torah-observant Jewish believers as well as Gentiles who were not understood to be required to follow such observance, yet with a genuine unity in the Spirit and community. Gine wraps this up by applying these insights to a chapter on how a truly contextual translation of the Scriptures into the Bengali language would translate the term _nomos_ in a manner which would remain faithful to the text as well as communicate meaning in a clear manner.I can only hope that Dr. Gine may have opportunity in the future to consider writing and publishing a revised, less technical presentation of his insights here for laymen/women.