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Paulís Letters and the Construction of the European Self
Tofighi, Fatima

London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. xiv + 151. $114.00

Series Information
Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible, 10


Description: Even when he was a prototype of European identity, Paul transgressed the limits of Europe. It is not clear whether he was conformist or rebellious, orthodox or liberal, sexist, or egalitarian. Instead of pushing the Apostle into the arbitrary categories of modern European identity, Fatima Tofighi takes into account the challenge that Paul brings to normative conceptions of political theology (Rom 13), 'religion' (Gal 2.12-14), and women's veiling (1 Cor 11. 5-16). Alternative interpretations of these passages, with the help of postmodern theory, both solve the major problems of biblical exegesis and offer a critique of the allegedly well-defined European categories.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Jay Twomey
Published 8/16/2018
Citation: Jay Twomey, review of Fatima Tofighi, Paulís Letters and the Construction of the European Self, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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