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The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination: A Study in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations
Langton, Daniel R.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 pp. viii + 311. $85.00


Description: The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination is a pioneering multidisciplinary examination of Jewish perspectives on Paul of Tarsus. Here, the views of individual Jewish theologians, religious leaders, and biblical scholars of the last 150 years, together with artistic, literary, philosophical, and psychoanalytical approaches, are set alongside popular cultural attitudes. Few Jews, historically speaking, have engaged with the first-century Apostle to the Gentiles. The modern period has witnessed a burgeoning interest in this topic, however, with treatments reflecting profound concerns about the nature of Jewish authenticity and the developing intercourse between Jews and Christians. In exploring these issues, Jewish commentators have presented Paul in a number of apparently contradictory ways. Among other things, he is both a bridge and a barrier to interfaith harmony; both the founder of Christianity and a convert to it; both an anti-Jewish apostate and a fellow traveler on the path to Jewish self-understanding; and both the chief architect of the religious foundations of Western thought and its destroyer. The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination represents an important contribution to Jewish cultural studies and to the study of Jewish-Christian relations.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Judaism, Christianity

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Review by Adele Reinhartz
Published 2/1/2011
Citation: Adele Reinhartz, review of Daniel R. Langton, The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination: A Study in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Judith M. Lieu
Published 2/1/2011
Citation: Judith M. Lieu, review of Daniel R. Langton, The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination: A Study in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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