- 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
This chapter considers currently held views about the history of Pauline interpretation with their strong critique of Lutheran readings of Paul and attempts to locate Lutheran readings more fully within the wider history of Pauline interpretation. It pays particular attention to the work of Marcion, Chrysostom, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin. It seeks to show how each new interpreter interacts with earlier readings and brings in other aspects of the text which enable him to confront contemporary issues in his reading community. As such, the reception history of the Pauline letters sheds light on the process whereby the letters themselves came into being as Paul’s readers reacted to his utterances, verbal and written, and Paul responded.
John Riches was chaplain and fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge before moving in 1972 to the University of Glasgow, where he held the Chair of Divinity and Biblical Criticism from 1991 to 2002. He is the author of, among other studies, Jesus and the Transformation of Judaism (1980), A Century of New Testament Study (1993), Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formation in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew (2000), and Galatians through the Centuries (2008), and editor of The New Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol. 4, From 1750 to the Present (2015).
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