The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus

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In The Paul Quest, Ben Witherington provides a sequel to his highly regarded The Jesus Quest and examines the various profiles of the historical Paul that have been newly discovered or refurbished. One of the great gains of this quest has been a reencounter with Paul the Jew. The flood of new insight into Judaism of the first century has more clearly illuminated features of Paul that were previously obscured. And a scholarly reacquaintance with the classical Roman world has ...
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Overview

In The Paul Quest, Ben Witherington provides a sequel to his highly regarded The Jesus Quest and examines the various profiles of the historical Paul that have been newly discovered or refurbished. One of the great gains of this quest has been a reencounter with Paul the Jew. The flood of new insight into Judaism of the first century has more clearly illuminated features of Paul that were previously obscured. And a scholarly reacquaintance with the classical Roman world has filled in even more details.
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Max Turner
An academically robust, illuminating, comprehensive yet admirably lucid portrait of Paul in the social, cultural and religious setting(s) of the eastern Mediterranean. A 'must' for all students of Paul.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830815036
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.41 (d)

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Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press), Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press), The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press).

With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 On Constructing an Ancient Personality 18
Ch. 2 The Trinity of Paul's Identity 52
Ch. 3 Paul the Writer and Rhetor 89
Ch. 4 Paul the Prophet and Apostle 130
Ch. 5 Paul the Realist and Radical 174
Ch. 6 Paul the Anthropologist and Advocate 204
Ch. 7 Paul the Storyteller and Exegete 230
Ch. 8 Paul the Ethicist and Theologian 263
Conclusion: A Portrait of Paul 299
App Timely Remarks on the Life of Paul 304
Bibliography 332
Index of Authors 341
Index of Subjects 345
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