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Paul and His Letters: Thinking with Josephus
Asiedu, F. B. A.

Lanham, MD: Lexington/Fortress Academic, 2020 pp. xxxviii + 379. $120.00

Description: Paul the apostle and historian Flavius Josephus spent considerable parts of their careers away from Jerusalem. They cultivated Roman audiences under very different circumstances: Paul with his Letter to the Romans, and Josephus with the writings he produced in Rome after the Jewish War. Curiously, Paulís last visit to Jerusalem coincided with Josephusís entry into public life, a period about which Josephus is deliberately silent. In Paul and His Letters: Thinking with Josephus, F. B. A. Asiedu selects themes from Josephusís life to explore Paulís letters and biography that contribute to his uniqueness in Jewish history. He highlights, for example, the need to read Romans 9Ė11 as aporetic discourse to appreciate Paul as an existential thinker. Asiedu considers, among other things, the authenticity of Paulís letters and offers an alternative to the prevailing scholarly consensus. He also maintains that the Pauline collection in the New Testament first took shape in the house of Gaius in Corinth, where Paul composed his Letter to the Romans. Asiedu also suggests that the traditional view that Luke the physician wrote the Acts of the Apostles is probably a mistake. He argues that Titus the Greek, the coworker and friend of Barnabas and Paul, most likely authored it.

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

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