Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

[Return to Search Results] [Return to Search]

Paul: The Pagansí Apostle
Fredriksen, Paula

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017 pp. xii + 319. $34.98


Description: Often seen as the author of timeless Christian theology, Paul himself heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in historyís closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with apocalyptic hopes, expecting God through his messiah to fulfill his ancient promises of redemption to Israel. The second teemed with ancient actors, not only human but also divine: angry superhuman forces, jealous demons, and hostile cosmic gods. Both worlds are Paulís, and his convictions about the first shaped his actions in the second. Only by situating Paul within this charged social context of gods and humans, pagans and Jews, cities, synagogues, and competing Christ-following assemblies can we begin to understand his mission and message. This original and provocative book offers a dramatically new perspective on one of historyís seminal figures.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.


Email Address
SBL Password
 
  
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership


Review by James D. G. Dunn
Published 3/5/2020
Citation: James D. G. Dunn, review of Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagansí Apostle, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us