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By Robert Paul Seesengood(auth.)

Seesengood strains the lifestyles and impression of Paul – one among Christianity’s such a lot influential figures – in the course of the significant classes Christian historical past. Exploring the altering interpretations of Paul and his paintings, the writer throws new gentle on his writings and on spiritual heritage.

  • Offers a distinct, insightful trip during the many and sundry interpretations of Paul’s existence and paintings over 2,000 years – from the Gnostic controversy, to Luther and the Reformation, to modern debates over faith and technology
  • Explains Paul’s pivotal position inside Christian background, and the way his missionary trips, canonized epistles and theological insights have been cornerstones of the early Church and crucial to the formation of Christian doctrine
  • Argues that every new interpretation of Paul is the results of a clean set of cultural, social and ideological conditions – and so questions if it is ever attainable to find the genuine Paul

Chapter 1 What can we learn about “Paul,” and the way can we realize it? (pages 13–73):
Chapter 2 Paul within the Ante?Nicene Church (pages 74–97):
Chapter three Paul in overdue Antiquity (pages 98–124):
Chapter four The Medieval Paul(S) (pages 125–147):
Chapter five Paul and the increase of Protestant Christianity (pages 148–164):
Chapter 6 Paul within the Age of Colonization (pages 165–182):
Chapter 7 Paul within the 20th Century (pages 183–213):

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Finally, let’s assume you What Do We Know About “Paul”? indd 39 10/3/2009 4:19:33 PM have copies of other letters that claim to be by me but which are clearly not and, for that matter, the content of my own letters suggests I am worried that such copies could or do circulate. Some form of additional verification will be required. To advance any further you would need to read the letters closely. Do they use language consistently? Are there expressions or manners of speech or idioms or grammatical oddities that are consistent throughout?

6:11–19), and physical health (1 Tim. 5:23: “Take a little wine for your stomach”). Titus is invited, with the tone of one pained by separation, to “do your best to come to me” (Titus 3:12). We might hope to develop from these letters a side of Paul saved for his closest colleagues. At the same time, however, they are too intimate in places, referring to events and people we know nothing about. ) They refer to conflicts among early Christian leaders of whom we are otherwise ignorant (2 Tim. 1:15, 2:17).

Paul wanted to make this move because he felt that “there is no more room to work” on his side of the Aegean (Rom. 16:24). Sifting the Data: Five Starting Assumptions As I wrote in the Introduction, Pauline biography is notoriously varied. I’ve suggested that scholars tend to craft an image of Paul that reflects modern concerns more than ancient realities. Can we now, so easily, create a “new biography” of Paul, one that is fully resonant with the outline I have just traced? Probably not. While it is clear (and nearly unanimous) that popular memory of Paul needs modification, the biography I have just traced, sketchy as it may be, is still, in virtually every aggregate element, under dispute among Pauline scholars.

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