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The People beside Paul: The Philippian Assembly and History from Below
Marchal, Joseph A., editor

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xiv + 338. $43.95

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Description: This volume brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars with a broad range of expertise and a common interest: Philippi in antiquity. Each essay engages one set of contextual particularities for Paul and the ordinary people of the Philippian assembly, while simultaneously placing them in wider settings. This "peopleís history" uses both traditional and more cutting-edge methods to reconsider archaeology and architecture, economy and ethnicity, prisons and priestesses, slavery, syncretism, stereotypes of Jews, the colony of Philippi, and a range of communitiesóthere and then and also here and now. The contributors are Valerie Abrahamsen, Richard S. Ascough, Robert L. Brawley, Noelle Damico, Richard A. Horsley, Joseph A. Marchal, Mark D. Nanos, Peter Oakes, Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Angela Standhartinger, Eduard Verhoef, and Antoinette Clark Wire.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Phillipians, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins, Archaeology, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Isaac Blois
Published 5/4/2017
Citation: Isaac Blois, review of Joseph A. Marchal, ed., The People beside Paul: The Philippian Assembly and History from Below, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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