Paul in Ecstasy: The Neurobiology of the Apostle's Life and Thought

Paul in Ecstasy: The Neurobiology of the Apostle's Life and Thought

by Colleen Shantz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521866103

ISBN-13: 9780521866101

Pub. Date: 04/27/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

While many readers of Paul’s letters recognize how important his experience was to his life and thought, Biblical scholars have not generally addressed this topic head-on. Colleen Shantz argues that they have been held back both by a bias against religious ecstasy and by the limits of the Biblical texts: How do you responsibly access someone else’s

Overview

While many readers of Paul’s letters recognize how important his experience was to his life and thought, Biblical scholars have not generally addressed this topic head-on. Colleen Shantz argues that they have been held back both by a bias against religious ecstasy and by the limits of the Biblical texts: How do you responsibly access someone else’s experience, particularly experience as unusual and debated as religious ecstasy? And how do you account responsibly for the role of experience in that person’s thought? Paul in Ecstasy pursues these questions through a variety of disciplines – most notably neuroscience. This study provides cogent explanations for bewildering passages in Paul’s letters, outlines a much greater influence of such experience in Paul’s life and letters, and points to its importance in Christian origins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521866101
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
1,202,866
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. What ecstasy?: an assessment of the misregard; 2. Paul's brain: the cognitive neurology of ecstasy; 3. Paul's voice: parsing Paul's ecstatic discourse; 4. Paul's practice: discerning ecstasies in practice; 5. The whole Paul: a short course in (non-deterministic) complexity.

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