This book concentrates on major Pauline themes and on I Thessalonians in its cultural and religious context, as well as exploring other major issues, especially with reference to chronology and Judaism.
The question of Paul's Jewishness is therefore raised with a new urgency. What kind of a Jew was Paul? Why do we find so many coherences between his language and thought with that of the Community of the Renewed Covenant (i.e. the Essenes)? One of the essays, 'Paul and Qumran', suggests that the Dead Sea Scrolls offer valuable clues to understanding Pauline language and thought. If, in fact, there was contact between Paul and the Essenes, where would it have taken place? If such meetings were held, possibly, in the Essene Quarter of Jerusalem, is there a connection between that area and the location of the earliest Christians in Jerusalem? And what kind of Christians were they and how did they impact on the Apostle's missionary activity?
In connection with this discussion of Paul and Judaism, a number of challenges are offered to the so-called 'New Perspective on Paul', especially in the work of E.P. Sanders and James D. G. Dunn, to suggest that a closer study of the Dead Sea Scrolls raises serious questions about the appropriateness of their interpretation of both Judaism and Paul, as well as opening new perspectives that will necessitate not only the rethinking of second temple Judaism, but also the origins of earliest Christianity and the relationship between them.
"Karl Donfried has been studying 1 Thessalonians for the past several decades. The result is this marvelous collection of insights into Paul's earliest letter."
|Acknowledgments and Original Locations|
|Acronyms and Abbreviations for Journals and Book Series|
|The Scope and Nature of the Essays: An Introduction and Some Responses|
|Shifting Paradigms: Paul, Jesus and Judaism||p. 1|
|The Cults of Thessalonica and the Thessalonian Correspondence||p. 21|
|2 Thessalonians and the Church of Thessalonica||p. 49|
|1 Thessalonians, Acts and the Early Paul||p. 69|
|Chronology: The Apostolic and Pauline Period||p. 99|
|The Theology of 1 Thessalonians as a Reflection of Its Purpose||p. 119|
|The Assembly of the Thessalonians: Reflections on the Ecclesiology of the Earliest Christian Letter||p. 139|
|The Epistolary and Rhetorical Context of 1 Thess. 2.1-12||p. 163|
|Paul and Judaism: 1 Thess. 2.13-16 as a Test Case||p. 195|
|Was Timothy in Athens? Some Exegetical Reflections on 1 Thess. 3.1-3||p. 209|
|Paul and Qumran: The Possible Influence of [actual symbol not reproducible] on 1 Thessalonians||p. 221|
|The Kingdom of God in Paul||p. 233|
|Justification and Last Judgment in Paul||p. 253|
|Justification and Last Judgment in Paul - Twenty-Five Years Later||p. 279|
|Paul as [Sigma][kappa][eta][nu][omicron][pi][omicron][iota][omicron][sigma] and the Use of the Codex in Early Christianity||p. 293|
|Index of Modern Authors||p. 333|
|Index of Ancient Texts||p. 337|
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Series: Thessalonica and Early Christianit
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st November 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1 x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1