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Paul among the Apocalypses?: An Evaluation of the ĎApocalyptic Paulí in the Context of Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature
Davies, J. P.

New York: Bloomsbury, 2016 pp. ix + 219. $120.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 562


Description: A vibrant and growing field of discussion in contemporary New Testament studies is the question of 'apocalyptic' thought in Paul. What is often lacking in this discussion, however, is a close comparison of Paul's would-be apocalyptic theology with the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of his time, and the worldview that literature expresses. This book addresses that challenge. Covering four key theological themes (epistemology, eschatology, cosmology and soteriology), J. P. Davies places Paul 'among the apocalypses' in order to evaluate recent attempts at outlining an 'apocalyptic' approach to his letters. While affirming much of what those approaches have argued, and agreeing that 'apocalyptic' is a crucial category for an understanding of the apostle, Davies also raises some important questions about the dichotomies which lie at the heart of the 'apocalyptic Paul' movement.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Apocalypses, Literature

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Review by Robert Brian Lewis
Published 2/1/2018
Citation: Robert Brian Lewis, review of J. P. Davies, Paul among the Apocalypses?: An Evaluation of the ĎApocalyptic Paulí in the Context of Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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