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The Traditional View of Paul

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/9780195150858.003.0002
The Traditional View of Paul

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This chapter presents traditional views regarding St. Paul. The German historian Adolf Harnack summarizes the traditional view of Paul: his gospel stands in opposition to the law; his Christianity is the antithesis of Judaism. Paul's conversion to Christianity forms an integral part of his tradition view. The use of the term Christianity is problematic for Paul because he himself never used the term in any form. Perhaps it could never be known what led Paul to persecute the church so violently. Some have suggested that it was the very idea of a crucified messiah that was found to be offensive.

Keywords: St. Paul; Adolf Harnack; Christianity; Judaism; messiah

Chapter.  6811 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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