The Three Worlds Of Paul Of Tarsus

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Overview

The world in which early Christianity developed consisted of a complex of distinct communities and cultural 'layers', which interacted with one another, sometimes co-operatively, and sometimes in confrontation.
The Three Worlds of Paul of Tarsus explores this world through the life of the apostle Paul, examining the three fundamental cultural 'layers':
* the native cultures
* the common Hellenistic culture which had been spread in the east as a result of the conquests of Alexander
* the culture of the political overlord, Rome.
It shows how Paul, as a Jew, a Greek-speaker and a Roman citizen, participates in all of these 'layers'. The authors give an account of the places Paul visited, showing their historical, cultural and political differences and discuss the varied categories, such as religion, philosophy and language, which constituted identity.

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Wallace (classics, Keele U.) and Williams (emeritus, ancient history, Keele U.) explore through the life of the apostle Paul the world in which early Christianity developed, arguing that Paul's journeys are an example of the social, political, and cultural heterogeneity of that world. They examine the three fundamental cultural layers<-->native, hellenistic, and that of the political overlord, Rome, and how Paul, as a Jew, a Greek speaker, and a Roman citizen participated in all of them. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415135917
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/9/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wallace is a lecturer in the Department of Classics at Keele University and the treasurer of the Classical Association.
Wynne Williams retired from teaching ancient history at Keele University in 1991. He is co-author, with Richard Wallace, of The Acts of the Apostles: A Companion (1993).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
Pt. 1 The world of Paul
1 Introduction: The Three Worlds 3
2 The Geography of Paul's World 8
3 Travelling the World 15
Pt. 2 Peoples, cultures and languages
4 The Native Cultures 33
5 Hellenisation in the Near East 41
6 Roman Rule in the Near East 71
Pt. 3 The city, the state and the individual
7 The Life of the Polis 95
8 The Individual's Self-Identification 117
Pt. 4 Paul's cities
9 Palestine, Syria and Arabia 153
10 Cyprus and Southern Asia Minor 180
11 Western Asia Minor 194
12 Greece and Macedonia 205
13 Rome and the West 218
Bibliography 223
Index 231
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