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date: 27 January 2022

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‘Paul the “Convert”?’ has three goals: to track the history of this construction of Paul from its origins in antiquity through to the present; to examine scholarly assessments of its utility; and to offer a synthetic historical account of how and why Paul acted as he did to either side of his affiliation with the Jesus movement. In various sections the chapter examines the fundamental contributions of Munck, Stendahl, and Dahl and those of E. P. Sanders and James Dunn; the work of Alan Segal, Daniel Boyarin, and N. T. Wright; and the proposals of Gaston, Gager, and Stowers. Finally, the chapter explores newer work arguing that both the content and the context of Paul’s mission to pagans continued to be Second Temple Judaism, inflected through the peculiar eschatology of the Jesus movement. For this reason, the essay concludes, Paul’s transformative moment is best conceptualized as his ‘call’.

Keywords: Jesus movement, mission, Judaism, eschatology, call, conversion

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