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Political Paul : Justice, Democracy and Kingship in a Hellenistic Framework - Bruno Blumenfield

Political Paul

Justice, Democracy and Kingship in a Hellenistic Framework

Paperback Published: 1st November 2003
ISBN: 9780567080813
Number Of Pages: 512

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Bruno Blumenfeld examines the political Paul, arguing that to neglect this dimension of Paul's thought decontextualizes him and falsifies our reading of his works. He argues that Pauline theology cannot be fully understood or appreciated without knowledge of the political theories of Hellenism. The Political Paul explores this dimension of Paul's thought within the general context of Hellenistic political reflection and focuses on the intriguing body of literature known as the Pythagorean pseudepigrapha. This research supports the highly original argument that Paul uses Hellenistic kingship theories to construct a political theory for Christianity. Yet although Paul inherits Hellenistic traditions he also transforms them. This study addresses this play of continuity and transmutation. By grounding Pauline Christianity in Hellenistic political theory in general, and in the theory of Hellenistic monarchy in particular, the work also provides a new explanation for the success of Christianity. Book jacket.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Abbreviationsp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Hellenistic Popular Philosophy: The Context for Paul's Thoughtp. 13
The Polis versus the Ideal Statep. 24
Remarks on Methodp. 25
Classical and Hellenistic Sources
Classical Sources: Platop. 36
Classical Sources: Aristotlep. 45
Aristotle's Ethicsp. 45
Aristotle's Politicsp. 64
Aristotle and Paul: Ekklesia as Polisp. 84
Ekklesia, Oikos and Polis in Paulp. 95
The Polis at Paul's Timep. 95
Paul the Architectp. 107
Political Fellowshipp. 109
Ekklesia, Oikos and Polisp. 112
Hellenistic Pythagoreans: The Polis Groupp. 120
Hellenistic Pythagorean Corpusp. 120
Ps.-Archytas: On Law and Justicep. 124
Hippodamos: On the Republicp. 139
Hippodamos: On Happinessp. 149
Callicratidas: On the Happiness of the Householdp. 152
Ocellus: On Lawp. 158
Damippos: On Prudence and Fortunep. 160
Ps.-Zaleucus: Preambles to the Lawsp. 166
Ps.-Charondas: Preambles to the Lawsp. 174
Review of Main Themesp. 179
Hellenistic Pythagoreans: The Basileia Groupp. 189
Writings for Kingsp. 189
Ps.-Ecphantus: On Kingshipp. 191
Diotogenes: On Kingshipp. 234
Sthenidas: On Kingshipp. 254
Hellenistic Kingship and Paulp. 264
The Political Paul
Rome and Paulp. 276
Paul's Politicsp. 288
The 'Revolutionary Reactionary'p. 289
Clues from Philippiansp. 292
Romans: A Political Readingp. 302
Romans 1.1-3.20: Hamartia, or the World As It Isp. 308
Romans 3.21-8.39: The World Set Straightp. 330
Romans 9.1-11.36: The World at Large and the Reign of Godp. 365
Romans 12.1-16.23): Upholding the Roman Empire and Making It Lastp. 378
Excursus: A Note on Moxnes, Winter and Elliottp. 395
Summationp. 411
Conclusion: A Colloquy on Dikaiosunep. 415
Kasemannp. 422
Dunnp. 437
Stowersp. 440
Sampleyp. 445
Summaryp. 447
Bibliographyp. 451
Index of Referencesp. 479
Index of Authorsp. 503
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ISBN: 9780567080813
ISBN-10: 0567080811
Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement (Paperback)
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st November 2003
Publisher: T&T CLARK PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1

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