“Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle”

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Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, it’s a comparatively modest-sized tome (319 pp. including endnotes, bibliography and indexes).  But its modest (more reasonable?) size encompasses a pithy and highly readable portrait of her subject.  I won’t attempt here a full review, but will merely highlight a few matters.

Fredriksen emphasizes two things about Paul above all else:  (1) He was, and remained, Jewish; and (2) his apostolic mission was driven by a powerful eschatological conviction prompted by his belief that God had raised Jesus from death and exalted him as universal Messiah.  More specifically, she contends (persuasively to my mind) that Paul saw Jesus’ resurrection as ushering in the eschatological time foretold by biblical prophets in which the pagan “Gentile” nations would turn from their idols…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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