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Paul, Thessalonica and Early Christ : Thessalonica and Early Christianit - Karl P Donfried

Paul, Thessalonica and Early Christ

Thessalonica and Early Christianit

Paperback Published: 21st November 2002
ISBN: 9780567089045
Number Of Pages: 336

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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."

Preface
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 Judaismp. 1
The Cults of Thessalonica and the Thessalonian Correspondencep. 21
2 Thessalonians and the Church of Thessalonicap. 49
1 Thessalonians, Acts and the Early Paulp. 69
Chronology: The Apostolic and Pauline Periodp. 99
The Theology of 1 Thessalonians as a Reflection of Its Purposep. 119
The Assembly of the Thessalonians: Reflections on the Ecclesiology of the Earliest Christian Letterp. 139
The Epistolary and Rhetorical Context of 1 Thess. 2.1-12p. 163
Paul and Judaism: 1 Thess. 2.13-16 as a Test Casep. 195
Was Timothy in Athens? Some Exegetical Reflections on 1 Thess. 3.1-3p. 209
Paul and Qumran: The Possible Influence of [actual symbol not reproducible] on 1 Thessaloniansp. 221
The Kingdom of God in Paulp. 233
Justification and Last Judgment in Paulp. 253
Justification and Last Judgment in Paul - Twenty-Five Years Laterp. 279
Paul as [Sigma][kappa][eta][nu][omicron][pi][omicron][iota][omicron][sigma] and the Use of the Codex in Early Christianityp. 293
Bibliographyp. 305
Index of Modern Authorsp. 333
Index of Ancient Textsp. 337
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ISBN: 9780567089045
ISBN-10: 0567089045
Series: Thessalonica and Early Christianit
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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