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 →

"Israel did not ‘believe’ in dragons anymore than their neighbors did. When Israel says God defeated the dragon, they use this myth in two ways. Most of the time, as in Psalm 74; Isaiah 27:1, where the dragon is named Leviathan just as in the Canaanite myth; and Isaiah 51:9, they are saying, ‘Whatever you... Continue Reading →

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