Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church
Aageson, James W.
Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2008 pp. xv + 235. $24.95
Library of Pauline Studies
Description: The focus of the present discussion is in the early decades and centuries of Christianity, a time when the memory and legacy of Paul came to serve varied and often competing interests in the emerging church. It was a time when Paulís reputation and importance to the church were being reinforced and when his epistles were gaining the authority that would ensure their place in the sacred library of Christianity. It was also the time when the Jesus movement forged itself into Christianity, a process in which Paul played a pivotal role and eventually also became an object of revision and transformation himself. What is virtually indisputable in this process is that Paul, during his lifetime and after, played a critical role in making Christianity what it was to become.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature
Review by David J. Downs
Citation: David J. Downs, review of James W. Aageson, Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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