Paul: A Jew on the Margins
Paul's messianism put him at the margins of Pharisaism, his preaching placed him in tension with the Synagogue, and his Gospel set him on the outer border of Hellenistic religion. This book explores the tensions and creativity that Paul's marginality...
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Paul's messianism put him at the margins of Pharisaism, his preaching placed him in tension with the Synagogue, and his Gospel set him on the outer border of Hellenistic religion. This book explores the tensions and creativity that Paul's marginality let loose. In six short chapters, Roetzel explains Paul's complex relationship to first century Judaism and elements of the early church. In so doing, he tackles a great many of the most disputed areas of Pauline theology: How can we speak of Paul as a convert? How far did Paul accept the apocalyptic myth? What are we to make of Paul's theology of weakness? How far did Paul embrace pluralism? And how could Paul preach that Gentiles shared in God's election without excluding Jews?
Calvin Roetzel (Ph.D., Duke University) serves Center for Jewish Studies in University of Minnesota he has been a professor at Macalester College. He has also studied in Israel at the University of Tubingen in Germany, and at Oxford University.
Dr. Roetzel is an internationally known scholar of Paul. His work, The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991), has been widely used by undergraduate seminary students and inquiring laity. It has been called a masterly summary of the present state of Paul study, " ... generous, judicious, and engaged." His most recent book, Paul: The Man and the Myth (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998) was chosen by the Biblical Archaeological Society as the "New Testament Book of the Year," in 1999.
Dr. Roetzel is currently writing a commentary on Romans, and 2 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary) and Co-edited Paul and Divine Impartiality: In Honor of Jouette Bassler (Sheffield Academic Press).
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