The Religion of Paul the Apostle

The Religion of Paul the Apostle

by John Ashton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300084412

ISBN-13: 9780300084412

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

Paul the Apostle has traditionally been viewed as a thinker and theologian, and scholars have focused almost exclusively on his ideas rather than on his religious experience. In this book, a leading New Testament scholar challenges this view of Paul. John Ashton demonstrates how closely Paul's own career resembles that of a typical shaman, and he shows how every

Overview

Paul the Apostle has traditionally been viewed as a thinker and theologian, and scholars have focused almost exclusively on his ideas rather than on his religious experience. In this book, a leading New Testament scholar challenges this view of Paul. John Ashton demonstrates how closely Paul's own career resembles that of a typical shaman, and he shows how every important aspect of Paul's life and ministry may be illuminated by focusing on his experience.

Drawing not only on Paul's letters but also on contemporary writings in the Jewish and Hellenistic worlds, Ashton discusses a number of important issues relevant to the understanding of Paul and to the origins of Christianity: whether Paul is properly described as a convert, a mystic, an apostle, a prophet, or a charismatic; what his attitude was to the Jewish traditions he inherited; why he felt called upon to preach, not to his fellow Jews, but to the Gentiles; what accounts for the remarkable success of his strange new Gospel; and how we can explain his language of spirit-possession ("Christ lives in me"). In addressing these issues, Ashton demonstrates that to regard Christianity simply as a religion of the word is to ignore a vital truth about its origins.

About the Author:
John Ashton is Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084412
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Abbreviations x
Introduction 1(5)
On Comparing Religions
6(23)
Paul the Enigma
29(44)
Excursus I: Jesus the Shaman
62(11)
Paul the Convert
73(40)
Excursus II: Merkabah Mysticism
105(8)
Paul the Mystic
113(39)
Excursus III: Schweitzer's Mysticism
143(9)
Paul the Apostle
152(27)
Excursus IV: The Historicity of Acts
171(8)
Paul the Prophet
179(19)
Paul the Charismatic
198(16)
Paul the Possessed
214(24)
Conclusion 238(7)
Bibliography 245(7)
General Index 252(5)
Index of Bibliographical References 257

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