Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity

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The influence of the apostle Paul in early Christianity goes far beyond the reach of the seven genuine letters he wrote to early assemblies. Paid was revered-and fiercely opposed-in an even larger number of letters penned in his name, and in narratives told about him and against him, that were included in the New Testament and, far more often, treasured and circulated outside it. Richard Pervo provides an illuminating and comprehensive survey of the legacy of Paul and the various ways he was remembered, honored, and vilified in the early churches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800696597
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 572,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Intellectual Backgrounding (and Foregrounding)

Excursus: Research on the Pauline Legacy

In the End, Paul...


1 Paul Becomes A Book 23

What Is a Letter?

Collected Letters

The Collection of Paul's Letters

Excursus: The Number Seven

The Formation of the Pauline Corpus

2 The Pseudepigraphic Pauline Letters 63



2 Thessalonians

The Pastoral Epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus

3 Corinthians



The Correspondence between Paul and Seneca


3 Paul and the Epistolary Tradition in Early Christianity 119



1 Peter

1 Clement

Ignatius of Antioch

Polycarp of Smyrna

2 Peter

Dionysius of Corinth

4 Paul In Narrative 149

The Acts of Paul

The Epistula Apostolorum

The Acts of Peter

The Acts of Barnabas

The Acts of Titus



The Pseudo-Clementines


5 Other Representatives of Ant-Paulinism 187

Silence regarding Paul



Others Who Are Silent about Paul

6 Paul as an Object of Interpretation: Marcion to Irenameus 199

Marcion of Sinope

Paul among the "Gnostics"

Excursus: Primary Sources of Gnosis

Irenaeus of Lyons

7 Conclusion

The End: In The Beginning 229

Appendix A Pauline Family Tree 241

Abbreviations 245

Bibliography 251

Notes 283

Index Of Primary Sources 359

Index Of Modern Authors 371



Table 1 Paul vs. Jesus 3

Table 2 Letters Attributed to Paul in the Early Church 21

Chapter 1

Table 3 The Order of Pauline Letters in Various Early Sources 29

Table 4 The Order of Letter Fragments in 2 Corinthians 40

Table 5 The Source of 1 Corinthians 14:34 47

Chapter 3

Table 6 Paul and James 123

Table 7 Peter and Paul in 1 Clement 131

Chapter 4

Table 8 Paul's Letters vs. Acts 150

Table 9 The "Passions" of Jesus and Paul 154

Table 10 Synopsis of the Acts of Paul 159

Chapter 6

Table 11 Allusions to Paul's Letters in the Gospel of Truth 213

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