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Paul and the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
Hiestermann, Heinz

Evangelische Verlagsanstalt: Leipzig, 2017 pp. 234. $60.00

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Arbeiten zur Bibel und Ihrer Geschichte, 58

Description: This study compares the Jesus traditions in Paul's genuine letters to the synoptic Jesus tradition. The aim is to identify parallels between Jesus traditions in the Pauline letters and synoptic Gospels and to determine whether the wording of the Pauline Jesus traditions is closer to any particular synoptic Gospel or Q. Paul's quotes of words of the Lord (1 Cor 7:10-11; 9:14; 11:23-25) as well as possible allusions to Jesus traditions in Paul's letters are investigated and compared to similar synoptic sayings of Jesus. Allusions to Jesus traditions in 1 Thessalonians and Romans are revisited. Special attention is paid to possible allusions in Galatians. The findings show that Paul does make use of Jesus traditions resembling those of the synoptics, particularly the Gospel of Matthew.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Panayotis Coutsoumpos
Published 3/14/2019
Citation: Panayotis Coutsoumpos, review of Heinz Hiestermann, Paul and the Synoptic Jesus Tradition, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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