Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context
Dodson, Joseph R. and David E. Briones, editors
Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019 pp. xv + 181. $22.00
Description: What forces shaped the intellectual world of the apostle Paul? How familiar was he with the great philosophers of his age, and to what extent was he influenced by them? When he quoted Greco-Roman sources, what was his aim? Pauline scholars wrestle with such questions in journal articles and technical monographs, but now Paul and the Giants of Philosophy brings the conversation into the college classroom and the church. Each essay addresses Paul's interaction with Greco-Roman philosophical thinking on a particular topic, such as faith, slavery, gift-giving, and the afterlife. And each chapter includes discussion questions and reading lists to help readers engage the material further. Dodson and Briones have gathered contributors with diverse views from various traditions who are united in the desire to make Paul's engagement with ancient philosophy accessible to many readers. Those contributors are Justin Reid Allison, R. Dean Anderson, Dorothea H. Bertschmann, David E. Briones, Timothy A. Brookins, Joseph R. Dodson, Ben C. Dunson, Nijay K. Gupta, Jeanette Hagen Pifer, Christopher L. Redmon, E. Randolph Richards, Brian J. Tabb, and James P. Ware.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Theological Approaches
Review by Brian Yong Lee
Citation: Brian Yong Lee, review of Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds., Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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