Paul, Apostle of Weakness is being republished by Wipf & Stock Publishers. From the description it sounds pretty meaty:
In this practical book every occurrence of astheneia and its cognates in
the Pauline Epistles is examined, both in its immediate context and in
its relation to Pauline thought as a whole. The analysis begins, first,
by examining both secular and Septuagintal Greek usages of astheneia as
well as its usage in the non-Pauline New Testament writings. It then
proceeds, secondly, by defining Paul's astheneia termini from letter to
letter and context to context. All the passages in the Pauline
literature where the words appear undergo a detailed exegetical
examination. The Pauline weakness motif is then summarized, with the
conclusion that the concept of weakness is foundational to Paul's
anthropology, Christology, and ethics.
I am looking forward to reading this one. Paul was someone quite content to exert influence by power, using force to persecute Christians, taking pride in his learning. Then Jesus came into his life and struck him blind, making him as helpless as one could be. Throughout his ministry Paul recognized that when he was weak, he relied on Christ and then and only then was he strengthened. Can't wait to see how Dr. Black addresses this counter-cultural notion of weakness as a virtue!