Paula Fredriksen: Israel’s God is “Jewish”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans' Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 115. Israel's god, in Jewish tradition, stands at the apex of humanity. The other elohim bow down to him; he alone is supreme. But his universality is ethnically inflected: this god chooses Israel from among all the other nations, setting them apart... Continue Reading →

Paula Fredriksen: Paul Among the Gods

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans' Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 92-93. Until and unless we keep in view all of the social agents in Paul's world - not only its humans, but also its gods - we will misconstrue his reports of "persecution," both those he gave and those he got. Divine... Continue Reading →

Paula Fredriksen’s University Profile

Over at Boston's University's page for Paula Fredriksen, readers can find not only a list of the accomplished scholar's numerous books and articles she has written over the years, but even complete articles available for download in PDF format! I have gleaned so much from reading Fredriksen, especially regarding the apostle Paul. I hope this... Continue Reading →

"To be clear, some religious people evaluate their subjective experience as a piece of the evidential pie without taking this strong of a stance – but I want to address those who attempt to build atop the 'unshakable' ground of religious experience.  The epistemology illustrated creates a host of problems.  If taken seriously, it is... Continue Reading →

Paula Fredriksen, Jesus of Nazareth: King of the Jews (Vintage Books, 1999), 142. The theme of Jesus' messianic identity appears in Mark in complex ways. Mark shapes his narrative around his project of redefining "messiah" to conform to his convictions about Jesus of Nazareth, whom he knew had been crucified and whom he expected to return.... Continue Reading →

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