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Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Churches - F. Gerald Downing

Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Churches

Hardcover Published: 7th May 1998
ISBN: 9780415171595
Number Of Pages: 382

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Were Paul and his Cynics regarded as unwashed fringe-dwellers who irritated their neighbors with clever arguments? Yes, says F. Gerald Downing. "Cynics, Paul and the Pauline Church" explores the teachings of Paul, arguing that the development of Paul's preaching and of the Pauline Church owed a great deal to the views of the vagabond Cynic philosophers, critics of the Gods and of the ethos of civic society. Downing examines the New Testament writings of Paul, explaining how he would have been perceived and understood by his culturally and ethnically diverse converts and disciples. Offering a lucid Pauline commentary and startling, ground-breaking views of Paul and his Word, this is a unique and controversial book, particularly in its endorsement of the simple and ascetic life proffered in Paul's teachings in comparison with the greedy, consumerist and self-promoting nature of today's society.

Prefacep. xi
A Cynic Preparation for Paul's Gospel for Jew and Greek, Slave and Free, Male and Femalep. 1
Scholarly Perceptions of Cynics, and of Cynics and Early Christians; and Our Sourcesp. 26
Why Then the Law?p. 55
Already the Sceptre and the Kingdomp. 85
Troubles Invited, Troubles Withstoodp. 128
Paul the Teacher and Pastorp. 174
Appendix-Epicurean Psychogogyp. 202
One God, One Lordp. 204
Paul, an 'Anomalous' Jewp. 250
Stoic and Epicurean Strandsp. 267
Paul and Other Early Christians, and Their Traditions of Jesus; and Jesusp. 287
Conclusionsp. 307
Abbreviationsp. 312
Bibliographyp. 315
Ancient Author Indexp. 338
Modern Author Indexp. 356
Subject Indexp. 362
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ISBN: 9780415171595
ISBN-10: 0415171598
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 7th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 14.38  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1