- The Man and the Myth
- Paul the ‘Convert’?
- Paul the Missionary
- Paul the Theologian
- Paul the Apostle
- Archaeology and the Pauline Letters
- Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans
- Paul and the Construction of Early Christian Identity
- Paul and Economic Resources
- Paul the Philosopher
- Paul and Religion
- The Pauline Letters in Contemporary Research
- The Deutero-Pauline Letters in Contemporary Research
- Paul the Letter Writer
- Rhetoric and Argumentation in the Letters of Paul
- The Text of the Pauline Corpus
- The Formation of the Pauline Corpus
- Paul and Scripture
- Paul and Jesus
- Justification by Faith
- Participation in Christ
- Grace/Gift in Paul
- Paul and <i>Pistis Christou</i>
- Ethos and Community
- Cosmology and Eschatology
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Paul
- Paul and Ethnicity
- Paul and Politics
- Paul and Postcolonial Studies
- Paul and Feminism
- Paul and Theological Interpretation
- Paul and Reception History
Abstract and Keywords
The missionary work of Paul has inspired countless missionaries in the history of the church, but it has been only relatively recently that his missionary activity has become the focus of academic study. This essay considers the primary sources for Paul’s missionary activity, the event of his apostolic commissioning, his description of the missionary task, and a number of significant aspects of Paul’s missionary activity: audiences, geography, chronology, methods, and occupational hazards. It is argued that, while we certainly need to be cautious not to interpret Paul in terms of modern categories and institutions, Paul’s self-understanding as an ‘apostle’ is doubtlessly that of a missionary.
Eckhard J. Schnabel is the Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of Early Christian Mission, 2 vols. (2004), Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods (2008), and Jesus, Paul, and the Early Church: Missionary Realities in Historical Contexts (2018), among other books.
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