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Paul and the Second Century
Bird, Michael F. and Joseph R. Dodson, editors

New York: T&T Clark, 2011 pp. xii + 270. $140.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 412


Description: This volume looks at the imprint and influence that the writings of the Apostle Paul had in the second century examining the Pauline corpus in conjunction with key second century figures and texts, such as Ignatius, Polycarp, and the Epistle of Diognetus. As such this volume is an exercise in the Wirkungsgeschichte or Ďeffective-historyí of Paul. It investigates the impact of Paulís legacy and examines how this legacy shaped the Christianity that emerged in the second century as represented by the Apostolic Fathers, the early Christian Apologists, and among Gnostic and Judeo Christian groups. The contributors are experts in their respective areas. Each contributor in turn examines how a given document or group reflects the influence of Paulís life, letters, and theology and the various and even competing ways in which Paulís legacy may be seen to have been appropriated. As such this is the first volume to present an extended juxtaposition of Paul's thought with such a wide selection of writings from the second century.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Joseph B. Tyson
Published 7/7/2012
Citation: Joseph B. Tyson, review of Michael F. Bird and Joseph R. Dodson, eds., Paul and the Second Century, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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