Remembering Paul: Ancient and Modern Contests over the Image of the Apostle

Hardcover | September 26, 2014

byBenjamin L. White

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Who was Paul of Tarsus? Radical visionary of a new age? Gender-liberating progressive? Great defender of orthodoxy? In Remembering Paul, Benjamin L. White offers a theoretical and methodological examination of the legacy of the Apostle Paul in which he explores the way Paul was remembered inthe century after his death, as well as the discursive practices that accompanied claims about the "real" Paul in a period in which apostolic memory was highly contested. Examining myriad sources both ancient and modern, White charts the rise and fall of various narratives about Paul--such as the"Pauline Captivity" narrative - and argues that Christians of the second century had no access to the "real" Paul. Rather, he shows, they possessed mediations of Paul as a persona - idealized images transmitted in the context of communal memories of "the Apostle." Through the selection, combination,and interpretation of pieces of a diverse earlier layer of the Pauline tradition, Christians defended images of the Apostle that were particularly constitutive of their collective cultures. In this book White traces how Pauline traditions (written and oral) developed and made their way into early Christian rhetoric about the "real" Paul.

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Who was Paul of Tarsus? Radical visionary of a new age? Gender-liberating progressive? Great defender of orthodoxy? In Remembering Paul, Benjamin L. White offers a theoretical and methodological examination of the legacy of the Apostle Paul in which he explores the way Paul was remembered inthe century after his death, as well as the d...

Bejamin L. White is Assistant Professor of Religion at Clemson Unviersity where he specializes in ancient and modern interpretations of the New Testament, the reconstruction of Christian origins, and the development of early Christianities.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Introducing "Paul"2. Capturing Paul: F.C. Baur and the Rise of the Pauline Captivity Narrative3. Re-Imagining Paul: Recent Portrayals of "Paul in the Second Century"4. Remembering Paul: Pauline Memory Traditions into the Second Century5. Reclaiming Paul: The Image of Paul n 3 Corinthians6. Expounding Paul: The Image of Paul in Irenaeus' Adversus Haereses7. Practicing PaulAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex of Ancient SourcesIndex of SubjectsIndex of Modern Scholars