Category: Paula Fredriksen

Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 160-161. If the letter to the Romans is Paul’s Ninth Symphony, Romans 11.11 begins its fourth movement, Paul’s own “Ode to Joy.” Alle Menschen werden Brüder, and the apostle, divining God’s… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy””

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… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Israel’s God is “Jewish””

Two Reviews of Paula Fredriksen’s ‘When Christians Were Jews’

Earlier this year I read with great delight Paula Fredriksen’s When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation (Yale University Press, 2018). Without going into great detail, Fredriksen’s work attempts to situate the early Jesus movement in its original Jewish context, specifically as an apocalyptic sect within… Continue Reading “Two Reviews of Paula Fredriksen’s ‘When Christians Were Jews’”

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… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul Among the Gods”

Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Letters as Greco-Roman Rhetoric

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 63-64. Paul’s letters are instances of Greco-Roman rhetoric. The conventions of ancient epistolary style and the rhetorical tropes that Paul employs to persuade his hearers need to be taken into account… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Letters as Greco-Roman Rhetoric”

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… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen’s University Profile”

Jennifer Eyl and Paula Fredriksen On Paul and Pagans

Those who follow me on Twitter know how much I love Paula Fredriksen. She is not only insightful but writes in such a clear and compelling way that it makes her work a joy to read. Last year I completed two of her most… Continue Reading “Jennifer Eyl and Paula Fredriksen On Paul and Pagans”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.17.19

“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… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.17.19”

Musings on Mark: Paula Fredriksen on Mark’s “Theological Creativity”

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… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Paula Fredriksen on Mark’s “Theological Creativity””