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Paul Perceived: An Interactionist Perspective on Paul and the Law
Sandnes, Karl Olav

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. ix + 260. $174.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 412

Description: An epicenter in present-day Pauline scholarship is the issue of the Law. The interpretation of this contentious issue started before Paul's letters and found its way into them by his citing how others perceived of his theology, and in Paul rendering rumors and criticism, and also interacting with them. To this reception-oriented perspective belong also punitive actions taken against Paul by synagogues. As a reception of Paul, Acts is included, leaving a more complex picture than argued by advocates of Paul within Judaism. Thus Karl Olav Sandnes uncovers the first interpretation or reception of Paul's view on Torah. It is limited in its scope, but provides a critical and necessary view on common trends in Pauline scholarship. Paul's decentering of the Torah was considered endangering for morality, for Jews and Gentiles alike. Perceptions of Paul's theology must be accounted for in Pauline studies.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Literary Approaches, New Testament Use of Old Testament

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Review by Brian Rosner
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: Brian Rosner, review of Karl Olav Sandnes, Paul Perceived: An Interactionist Perspective on Paul and the Law, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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