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What was Paul really like? What was his character? What kind of personality? How did he react to weakness, or opposition, or indifference? Did he lose his temper?

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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Krister Stendahl proposes-in the key title essay-new ways of exploring Paul's speech: Paul must be heard as one who speaks of his call rather than conversion, of justifica Editorial Reviews - Paul Among Jews And Gentile From the Publisher A sharp challenge to traditional ways of understanding Paul is sounded in this book by a distinguished interpreter of the New Testament.

Krister Stendahl proposes-in the key title essay-new ways of exploring Paul's speech: Paul must be heard as one who speaks of his call rather than conversion, of justification rather than forgiveness, or weakness rather than sin, of love rather than integrity, and in unique rather than universal language.

The title essay is complemented by the landmark paper, "Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West," and by two seminal explorations of Pauline issues, "Judgement and Mercy" and "Glossolalia-The New Testament Evidence. This volume provides convincingly new ways for viewing Paul, the most formative of Christian teachers. Synopsis A sharp challenge to traditional ways of understanding Paul is sounded in this book by a distinguished interpreter of the New Testament.

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More filters. Sort order. Feb 09, Nikki rated it really liked it. Awesome little book about Paul, the apostle. This book is yet another proof that you cannot judge an author and his writings outside the context of their life.

Stendahl discusses the specific perspective of Paul in some of his writings, which is critical to understand their meaning. There is debate among religions over the concept of justification faith vs.

This book adds clarity to that concept as well as the role of Jews in the early Christian chu Awesome little book about Paul, the apostle. This book adds clarity to that concept as well as the role of Jews in the early Christian church. I also enjoyed Stendahl's occasional jab.

I plan on reading this book again. Jul 10, Del Herman rated it it was amazing. Krister Stendhahl's marvelous little book is one that readers of St. Paul all need to be aware of. The title "Paul Among Jews and Gentiles" indicates exactly what the book's important thesis is: that Paul's central concern is the relationship between Jew and Gentile within the context of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically how through the life, death, and resurrection of this man Jesus the entire human race as well as the entirety of the creation can be reconciled to the God of Israel.

Now, Krister Stendhahl's marvelous little book is one that readers of St. Now, to the outsider this might sound like normal biblical jargon. But to those of us who are invested in or who take an interest in the Christian theological tradition, it is a profound clue to understanding Christianity's first great theologian. You see, the problem is that Paul has been viewed too often through a particularly Western lens that is actually quite foreign to the Apostle.

This lens Stendhahl calls "the introspective consciousness of the West", a tendency to view Paul as a person whose primary question was "How can I be saved? This view started with St. Augustine, who saw in St. Paul an answer to the questions of justification that so vexed him in his dramatic faith struggles in the 4th Century but continued through the gloomy penitential world of Medieval Catholicism and reached its crescendo in Martin Luther who was by no order of coincidence himself an Augustinian monk before becoming the reformer we all know and love.

Since Augustine and his focus on the condition of the inner self, Paul has been read as a person struggling with the gloomy condition of the self before a righteous God.

The only problem with this take on Paul is that historically speaking, these most certainly were not the questions Paul was grappling with. Let us take for example, justification by faith. This idea set forth in Paul was the incentive for Luther to develop his idea of Paul as railing against works-righteousness of the Jews and the Judaizers.

But again, this was more reflecting of Luther than it was of Paul. Luther lived in the gloomy world of Late Medieval Catholicism, in which a great deal of focus was put on gathering enough righteousness to enter heaven.

Often this included consistent penance, indulgences to the church, excruciating time in purgatory, etc. And when Luther read this idea of Paul's that one was not justified by works of the law but by faith, he read in that a gleeful answer to the excesses of that late medieval world.

But as fascinating a theological effect as this had on Luther, it's certainly not what Paul meant. Paul was not a person struggling in his letters to the specific early churches in Rome and Galatia with problems of "works-righteousness". He was struggling against the idea, quite prevalent in the Apostolic church, that Gentile Christians had to become circumcised and obey traditions of the Jewish law in order to become proper Christians.

His fury at Peter, Barnabas, and the Judaizers in Galatians was not anger at works-righteousness but anger at how the Judaizers were denying equal status to Gentile Christians simply because certain optional ceremonies of the Jewish law had not been kept.

In Romans, any time that he mentions justification by faith, he mentions something about Jewish and Gentile Christians alike all being part of the same covenant family by their faith.

Justification by faith is not a doctrine lodged in the context of the debates of the 16th century between Roman Catholicism and the Reformers, nor is it even a doctrine about how a person attains salvation, it is a statement about how one is a part of God's covenant community. The problem is often that because St. Paul's writings are in The Bible, devout Christians tend to read it without any context which is something that the traditions of Early Christianity were careful not to do and thus don't take the birds' eye view required to really understand what the saint is saying.

Just because St. Paul's justification by faith doesn't apply to the introspective conditions of the human soul as Augustine thought or the question of how one is saved like Luther thought doesn't mean that the doctrine is completely irrelevant.

It simply means that we have to place it in its proper context in order to grasp the full meaning of it. As other reviewers pointed out, Stendahl doesn't give as full an elaboration as he could of. That would have to wait. Thankfully, N. Wright's scholarly work on Paul has completed the process, giving us a really amazing birds' eye perspective on Paul that really pulls out the great themes of Paul's thought, as a first-century man dealing with the question of Jews and Gentiles and the whole creation's redemption through the God of Israel, the perspective that is historically conscious but universally important, something I think the Apostle would approve of today.

Another note: I loved how Stendahl showed how this "New perspective on Paul" later to become an actual scholarly movement loathed by the Neo-Reformed at The Gospel Coalition can shine a light on the relationship between Christians and Jews. The out-of-context readings of Paul previously mentioned seems to have produced a complete caricature of Judaism within the Christian faith: as a complete "works-based" faith without need for grace.

While Paul does launch critiques on Israel for its "stumbling" in thinking that justification knowing one is part of the faith community is based on works as opposed to faith, this old reading of Paul has created a terribly uninformed anti-Judaism if not anti-Semitism within the Christian church: something that I think future Jewish-Christian dialogue could strive to heal. Jan 23, Pete Aldin rated it liked it. I love it when anybody strips away the long centuries of Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism and Evangelicalism in an attempt to get at the real Saint Paul and his thought.

Ultimately this book was inconclusive and a tad dry, but I've benefited from his idea that Paul did not major on us constantly battling with sin and guilt which is a preoccupation if what the author calls the "introspective conscience of the west". Aug 26, George Miller rated it liked it. Reread this 15 years after graduating seminary.

It was an impossible read for me then, this time it was difficult, but understandable. If anything, this book really brings home the notion that Paul was writing to a specific group at a specific time for specific reasons and that we have a hard time hearing his original message thanks to centuries of layers put upon the original writers from various theologians.

Oct 10, Pastor Matt rated it liked it. Dec 02, Danny rated it liked it. Stendahl's work will always be known more for launching the "New Perspective" movement than for the many nuances of his exegesis, and because of this his "opponents" may never give some of his thinking a fair shake, but the work is brief, readable, and well argued. I do not agree with much of the finer points of the argument, as I believe Stendahl was pleading his case more than doing exegesis, but he should be commended for attempting to place Paul in his Jewish context and engaging his subject Stendahl's work will always be known more for launching the "New Perspective" movement than for the many nuances of his exegesis, and because of this his "opponents" may never give some of his thinking a fair shake, but the work is brief, readable, and well argued.

I do not agree with much of the finer points of the argument, as I believe Stendahl was pleading his case more than doing exegesis, but he should be commended for attempting to place Paul in his Jewish context and engaging his subject with great theological creativity.

He is quite right about his approach to "weakness" in Paul's writing, and I enjoyed his comparison of Paul's calling and that of the prophets. However, his need to argue against "pshychologizing" Paul moves him too far away from Paul's quite present care to see all guilty people be saved. He is right that Paul has the inclusion of the Gentiles into the people of God closely in view, but this does not mean that this is all that justification means.

Also, although many of the finer points of his argument about Paul's calling are well made, I find the traditional view that Paul went through a full conversion to be more in keeping with the fuller evidence of his writing.

Despite my few disagreements, this is one of the key texts in the history of Pauline interpretation. Jul 09, E. Stendahl's book helped to pave the way for new perspectives on Paul, as it questioned many of the traditional readings of Paul deeply influenced by Augustine and Luther, particularly rejecting that Paul was concerned with the problem of introspective conscience. Instead, he was among the first to frame that Paul's major concern, with the doctrine of justification, was explaining the relationship between Jews and Gentiles.

As such, Stendahl's book underpins those works on Paul which have been deep Stendahl's book helped to pave the way for new perspectives on Paul, as it questioned many of the traditional readings of Paul deeply influenced by Augustine and Luther, particularly rejecting that Paul was concerned with the problem of introspective conscience.

Pauline Christianity

Pauline Christianity or Pauline theology also Paulism or Paulanity , [2] otherwise referred to as Gentile Christianity , is the theology and form of Christianity which developed from the beliefs and doctrines espoused by the Hellenistic-Jewish Apostle Paul through his writings and those New Testament writings traditionally attributed to him. Paul's beliefs were rooted in the earliest Jewish Christianity , but deviated from this Jewish Christianity in their emphasis on inclusion of the Gentiles into God's New Covenant , and his rejection of circumcision as an unnecessary token of upholding the Law. Proto-orthodox Christianity , which is rooted in the first centuries of the history of Christianity , relies heavily on Pauline theology and beliefs, and considers them to be amplifications and explanations of the teachings of Jesus. Since the 18th century, a number of scholars have proposed that Paul's writings contain teachings that are different from the original teachings of Jesus, the earliest Jewish Christians, as documented in the canonical gospels , early Acts and the rest of the New Testament , such as the Epistle of James. Pauline Christianity or Pauline theology, also called "Paulism" or "Paulanity", [2] is the theology and Christianity which developed from the beliefs and doctrines espoused by Paul the Apostle through his writings. Paul's beliefs were strongly rooted in the earliest Jewish Christianity, but deviated from this Jewish Christianity in their emphasis on inclusion of the Gentiles into God's New Covenant, and his rejection of circumcision as an unnecessary token of upholding the Law.

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Before the shattered glass of World War II could begin to be swept away, the haunting images of carnage and cataclysm—including the murder of 6 million Jews—provoked unprecedented outrage in the Christian West. What kind of monsters would…? My goal is rather to tell a story about Paul and lost kinship, to show how interpreting Paul can be a moral act that calls us both to self- and culture-criticism and to works of loving-kindness—toward enemies as well as friends. So is scriptural interpretation. According to Scripture, the history of Israel is a long story of national hope discovered in the interstices of political oppression. Israel became a distinct people under the reign of other governments— Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Babylonian, Greek, then Roman.

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First published in English in Harvard Theological Review, 56 , pp. Since Augustine, the church has misread Paul in terms of the question, how can I find a gracious God? Whereas Paul clearly envisioned the law as the custodian for the Jews until the arrival of the Messiah, Luther reversed the argument to assert that the law is the schoolmaster for everyone to crush self-righteousness and lead to Christ pp. Stendahl derives central support for this thesis from Phillippians , where Paul alleges that prior to his conversion he kept the law blamelessly.

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