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New Views 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/9780195150858.003.0003
New Views of Paul

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A wide range of topics including St. Paul's conversion or commission to be an apostle of Christ needs to be considered in order to understand the origins and the persistence of the traditional view on St. Paul. This chapter discusses St. Paul's troubled career as an apostle, the role of his letters in the New Testament and their influence on later Christian theology, and the interpretive assumption of modern critics. The traditional position regarding St. Paul has been thoroughly explored. It was argued by some that it is self-defeating to give so much attention to views that one is seeking to undermine. But it is not enough just to put forward a new position, especially a radical one. Gentiles turn out to be the pivotal issue in the more far-reaching revisions of the traditional Paul.

Keywords: St. Paul; letters; New Testament; Gentiles; Christian theology

Chapter.  10667 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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