Paul, Thessalonica and Early Christianity

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A&C Black, 30 gen 2003 - 453 pagine
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This book concentrates on major Pauline themes and on I Thessalonians in its cultural and religious context, as well as exploring other major issues, especially with reference to chronology and Judaism. The question of Paul's Jewishness is therefore raised with a new urgency. What kind of a Jew was Paul? Why do we find so many coherences between his language and thought with that of the Community of the Renewed Covenant (i.e. the Essenes)? One of the essays, 'Paul and Qumran', suggests that the Dead Sea Scrolls offer valuable clues to understanding Pauline language and thought. If, in fact, there was contact between Paul and the Essenes, where would it have taken place? If such meetings were held, possibly, in the Essene Quarter of Jerusalem, is there a connection between that area and the location of the earliest Christians in Jerusalem? And what kind of Christians were they and how did they impact on the Apostle's missionary activity? In connection with this discussion of Paul and Judaism, a number of challenges are offered to the so-called 'New Perspective on Paul', especially in the work of E.P. Sanders and James D. G. Dunn, to suggest that a closer study of the Dead Sea Scrolls raises serious questions about the appropriateness of their interpretation of both Judaism and Paul, as well as opening new perspectives that will necessitate not only the rethinking of second temple Judaism, but also the origins of earliest Christianity and the relationship between them.
 

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Paul Jesus and Judaism
5
The Cults of Thessalonica and the Thessalonian
21
The Apostolic and Pauline Period
99
The Theology of 1 Thessalonians as a Reflection
119
Reflections on
139
The Epistolary and Rhetorical Context of 1
163
1 Thess 2 1316 as a Test Case
195
Was Timothy in Athens? Some Exegetical Reflections
209
The Possible Influence of po
221
The Kingdom of God in Paul
233
Justification and Last Judgment in Paul
253
Justification and Last Judgment in Paul TwentyFive
279
Paul as IKrvoTtoi6 and the Use of the Codex
293
Index of Modern Authors
333
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Karl Donfried is the Elizabeth A Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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