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Paul and His Social Relations
Porter, Stanley E. and Christopher D. Land, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xii + 387. $189

Series Information
Pauline Studies, 7


Description: Pauline scholars have always been interested in Paulís relationships. In fact, some of the most influential developments in modern Pauline scholarship have been attempts to situate Paul socially. This volume addresses many of the questions surrounding Paul and his social relations, including how to define and analyze such relations, their relationship to Paul's historical and social context, how Paul related to numerous friends and foes, and the implications for understanding Paul's letters as well as his theology. As a result, a variety of methods are brought to an examination of Paul. These include explorations in social-scientific methodology, close readings of Paul's letters, and linguistically informed approaches to social relations. The conclusions well illustrate the importance of Paul's social relations and his own social connectedness.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Jin Hwang
Published 8/14/2014
Citation: Jin Hwang, review of Stanley E. Porter and Christopher D. Land, eds., Paul and His Social Relations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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