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 →

Pamela Eisenbaum on the Brew Theology Podcast

I recently listened to an interview of Pamela Eisenbaum, author of Paul Was Not a Christian, over at the Brew Theology Podcast. In it she discusses the apostle Paul and all the topics related to him: his so-called "conversion," his beliefs as a Pharisee, his apocalyptic outlook, and more. The interview is in two parts... Continue Reading →

Mark Nanos: Paul’s Beliefs and Judaism

Mark D. Nanos, Reading Paul within Judaism: Collected Essays of Mark D. Nanos, vol. 1 (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017), 17. Is it not precisely within Judaism where Paul as well as of the other Jewish and Judean believers in Jesus Christ understood themselves to find him? Did not Paul persecute (i.e., seek to discipline)... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 2.14.20

Happy Valentine's Day! To both of my readers, I love you! Over at Is That in the Bible? readers can find a lengthy post on the story of Joseph entitled "From Robes to Riches: The Fairytale of Joseph." In this piece, Paul Davidson discusses issues related to genre, sources, redaction, and more. This is not... Continue Reading →

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