Chapter

Introduction

John G. Gager

in Reinventing Paul

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150858.003.0001
Introduction

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St. Paul has been regarded as the source for Christian hatred of Jews and Judaism. His conversion to Christianity has also been debated regarding how this zealous Jew who once persecuted the followers of Jesus, suddenly emerged as fervent follower of the risen Jesus. This introduction takes up many issues and controversies related to Paul's personality. It also discusses various techniques employed by scholars in Pauline studies. On certain questions, including circumcision and its continued validity, Paul's words seem inconsistent. Attempts to resolve these tensions have been made generally by ignoring the pro-Israel texts altogether or by subordinating them to the anti-Israel texts. An outline of the upcoming debates in subsequent chapters is also given.

Keywords: St. Paul; Judaism; Pauline studies; circumcision

Chapter.  5422 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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