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Paul, Thessalonica and Early Christianity

Paul, Thessalonica and Early Christianity

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£64.99

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567089045
Number of Pages: 384
Published: 21/11/2002
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
Concentrating on major Pauline themes and on I Thessalonians in its cultural and religious context, this book explores 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 (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.

Karl Paul Donfried

Karl P. Donfried is the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith College.

"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."

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