- 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
Paul does not describe himself as a theologian, at least not in the sense we use the word—a person who is an expert in rationally analysing or expounding religious faith. At the beginning of the Christian movement Paul is presented as a missionary, a preacher, and a miracle worker. Interest in Paul’s theology does not arise until his words became the focus of a contest over how to understand fundamental aspects of the new Christian religion. Only in the course of Christian history does Paul become known as the founder of Christian thought. There are several who have claimed (or who have had claimed for them) that they have correctly understood his theology—Augustine, Luther, Barth, for instance. That the conversation about the character and content of Paul’s theology continues to this day is evidence that no one has presented the apostle’s theology convincingly enough to create long-standing consensus.
L. Ann Jervis is Professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. She is the author of The Purpose of Romans; The New International Commentary on Galatians; and At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the Earliest Christian Message. She co-edited The Gospel in Paul: Studies on Corinthians, Galatians and Romans. She has written articles on issues in Paul, using both historical-critical, feminist and post-colonial method and theory. She has written chapters in books discussing hermeneutical issues involved in biblical interpretation. She is currently on the editorial board of New Testament Studies. She is an Anglican priest.
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