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Documents and Images for the Study of Paul

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Documents and Images for the Study of Paul gathers representative texts illustrating Jewish practices, Greco-Roman moral exhortation, biblical interpretation, Roman ideology, apocalyptic visions, epistolary conventions, and much more, to illustrate the complex cultural environment in which Paul carried out his apostolic work and the manifold ways in which his legacy was reshaped in early Christianity. Brief, insightful introductions orient the reader to how these sources might play a role in different ...

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Overview

Documents and Images for the Study of Paul gathers representative texts illustrating Jewish practices, Greco-Roman moral exhortation, biblical interpretation, Roman ideology, apocalyptic visions, epistolary conventions, and much more, to illustrate the complex cultural environment in which Paul carried out his apostolic work and the manifold ways in which his legacy was reshaped in early Christianity. Brief, insightful introductions orient the reader to how these sources might play a role in different contemporary interpretations of Paul's life and thought.

Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred black and white photographs, charts, a map and timeline of Paul's world, this sourcebook is a welcome resource for courses on Paul and his letters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800663759
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Map of Paul's World

Timeline

Introduction: Exploring Paul's Environment 1

The Appetite for Parallels: A Cautionary Note 1

Other Available Resources 3

What Difference Do "Parallels" Make in Our Reading? 4

How to Use This Book 6

1 Paul's Self-Presentation 11

Slave of Jesus Christ, Called an Apostle 12

The Figure of the Philosopher 17

Attitudes toward Manual Labor and "Weakness" 27

The "Obedience of Faith among the Nations" 35

Paul's "Autobiography" 38

2 Paul's Gospel and Paul's Letters 63

Paul the Writer of Letters 64

The Purpose of Letters: Connection 66

Letters of Exhortation 67

Types of Letters 74

The Gospel in Paul's Letters 86

The Public Face of Piety 93

"The Word of the Cross" 101

"This Present Evil Age" 108

3 The Gospel of Augustus 119

The Gospel according to Virgil 119

The Achievements of Augustus 123

Claudius's Death and Nero's Accession 146

The "Vast Unruly Throng" 161

4 Paul's People: Israel 175

Questions, Questions 176

The Diaspora 179

The Rejection of Idols 191

Tensions between Rome and Jewish Communities 198

Jewish Attitudes to Roman Rule 218

"Plight" and "Solution" 227

5 The Communities around Paul: The Ekklesiai 247

Holiness and Impurity 247

Impurity among the Nations 250

The Roman Concern for Social Order 269

The Challenge of Community 281

6 Paul's Legacy 301

Paul the Writer of (Even More) Letters 303

Paul the Philosopher and Theologian 315

Paul the Ascetic 323

Paul the Compelling Preacher and Wonder-Worker 336

Paul the Opponent of the True Faith 340

Paul the Martyr 345

The Sword as the Apostle's Emblem 357

Abbreviations 359

Notes 363

List of Translations 383

Illustrations 399

Index of Subjects 401

Index of Modern Authors 405

Index of Biblical and Apocryphal Writings 409

Index of Other Ancient Literature 415

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