- 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’s letters address the particular situations of first-century audiences. Mirror-reading, as exemplified in Galatians scholarship, is fraught with potential difficulties and must be executed cautiously. The Thessalonians received Paul’s apocalyptic message in a social situation of conflict and alienation. The First Letter to the Corinthians admonished unity in the gospel for a fragmented congregation. Interpreters of Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians grapple with whether this is a single letter or multiple letters and the proper ordering of the chapters. Reconstructions of the Roman situation often assume erroneously that Paul is writing to a mixed community of Jews and Gentiles after a mass expulsion and return of the Jewish communities. Philippians, a single letter, primarily addresses a conflict between two women. Philemon is not an attempted reconciliation of a runaway slave to his master but an explanation of the need for further assistance from a changed man.
Andrew Das is Donald W. and Betty J. Buik Professor at Elmhurst College and the author of Solving the Romans Debate; Paul and the Jews; Paul, the Law, and the Covenant; and Galatians (forthcoming). He co-edited The Forgotten God and has published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, New Testament Studies, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, as well as in edited volumes such as Reading Romans (forthcoming) and Paul Unbound. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association of America, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He received degrees from Yale University and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and did doctoral work at Duke University.
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