Reinventing Paul / Edition 1

Reinventing Paul / Edition 1

by John G. Gager
     
 

Throughout the Christian era, Paul has stood at the center of controversy, accused of being the father of Christian anti-Semitism. In this highly accessible book, John Gager challenges this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's words have been taken out of their original context, distorted, and generally misconstrued.

Using Paul's own writings

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Throughout the Christian era, Paul has stood at the center of controversy, accused of being the father of Christian anti-Semitism. In this highly accessible book, John Gager challenges this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's words have been taken out of their original context, distorted, and generally misconstrued.

Using Paul's own writings, Gager brilliantly sets forth a controversial interpretation of the apostle's teaching as he takes us in search of the "real" Paul. Through an exhaustive analysis of Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans, he provides illuminating answers to the key questions: Did Paul repudiate the Law of Moses? Did he believe that Jews had been rejected by God and replaced as His chosen people by Gentiles? Did he consider circumcision to be necessary for salvation? And did he expect Jews to find salvation through Jesus? Gager tells us that Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles, not the Jews. His most vehement arguments were directed not against Judaism but against competing apostles in the Jesus movement who demanded that Gentiles be circumcised and conform to Jewish law in order to be saved. Moreover, Paul relied on rhetorical devices that were familiar to his intended audience but opaque to later readers of the letters. As a result, his message has been misunderstood by succeeding generations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195150858
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/16/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
673,523
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction3
Ch. 1The Traditional View of Paul21
Ch. 2New Views of Paul43
Ch. 3The Letter to the Galatians77
Ch. 4The Letter to the Romans101
Ch. 5Loose Ends145
Notes153
Index of Subjects189
Index of Modern Scholars193
Index of Ancient Texts197

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