Steward of God's Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition
: One view that perennially springs up among biblical scholars is that Paul was the inventor of Christianity, or that Paul introduced the idea of a divine Christ to a church that earlier had simply followed the ethical teaching of...
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One view that perennially springs up among biblical scholars is that Paul was the inventor of Christianity, or that Paul introduced the idea of a divine Christ to a church that earlier had simply followed the ethical teaching of a human Jesus. In this book Jerry Sumney responds to that claim by examining how, in reality, Paul drew on what the church already believed and confessed about Jesus.
As he explores how Paul's theology relates to that of the broader early church, Sumney identifies where in the Christian tradition distinctive theological claims about Christ, his death, the nature of salvation, and eschatology first seem to appear. Without diminishing significant differences, Sumney describes what common traditions and beliefs various branches of the early church shared and compares them to Paul's thought. Sumney interacts directly with arguments made by those who claim Paul as the inventor of Christianity and approaches the questions raised by that claim in a fresh way.
Jerry L. Sumney (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University) is Professor of Biblical Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary. He is also currently chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature Section of the international meeting of the SBL. He has written Identifying Paul's Opponents; Servants of Satan, False Brothers, and Other Pauline Opponents; Preaching Apocalyptic Texts (co-authored with Larry Paul Jones) Philippians, A Handbook for Second-Year Greek Students He is co-editor of Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters, Colossians (New Testament Library series) and Paul and Pathos.
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