E. P. Sanders

in Paul

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780192854513
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776755 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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‘Behaviour’ considers Paul's moral perfectionism. By examining how Paul dealt with behaviour, more illustrations of how he both upheld the law and maintained that Christians were not under it are revealed, and the various cultural influences on him and his churches can be assessed. Paul always advised love your neighbour and he urged his hearers to live by the Spirit and to abstain from evil and immorality. Paul sought to impose Jewish behaviour on his Gentile converts, but the two great issues on which they disagreed were idolatry and sexual behaviour. Paul's views on incest, marriage, celibacy, remarriage, prostitution, and homosexuality are discussed.

Keywords: celibacy; homosexuality; incest; Judaism; love; marriage; prostitution; spirit

Chapter.  5912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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