Martinus C. de Boer: Angels and Demons

Martinus C. de Boer, Paul, Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 22. The story of [the] angelic fall is found or alluded to in much of the literature (1 En. 6-19; 64:1-2; 69:4-5; 86:1-6; 106:13-17; Jub. 4:15, 22; 5:1-8; 10:4-5; T. Reub. 5:6-7; T. Naph. 3:5; CD 2:17-3:1; 2... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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