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The Pauline Commentaries

Peter Hinchliff

in Benjamin Jowett and the Christian Religion

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266884.003.0003
The Pauline Commentaries

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In the years between 1847 and 1854, Jowett and Stanley were working together on their Pauline commentaries. Neither Stanley on I and II Corinthians nor Jowett on Thessalonians, Galatians, and Romans would be regarded as significant contributions to the study of Pauline theology, but there is no question that the work was of some importance at the time. Jowett became Regius professor of Greek at Oxford in the very year in which the commentaries were published and his approach to the New Testament was essentially that of the classicist. He was concerned, above all else, to get back to the original text. The most exciting thing about Jowett's commentaries was that they turned St Paul from a text into a real person. Instead of treating what the epistles said as authoritative pronouncements written in order to be imposed on future generations of believers, he made it possible to see the apostle as a man who himself believed and experienced.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; Arthur Stanley; Pauline theology; St Paul; epistles

Chapter.  9903 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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