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Reinventing Paul by John G. Gager
Book DescriptionThroughout the Christian era, Paul has stood at the center of controversy, accused of being the father of Christian anti-Semitism. In this highly accessible book, John Gager challenges this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's words have been taken out of their original context, distorted, and generally misconstrued. Using Paul's own writings, Gager brilliantly sets forth a controversial interpretation of the apostle's teaching as he takes us in search of the "real" Paul. Through an exhaustive analysis of Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans, he provides illuminating answers to the key questions: Did Paul repudiate the Law of Moses? Did he believe that Jews had been rejected by God and replaced as His chosen people by Gentiles? Did he consider circumcision to be necessary for salvation? And did he expect Jews to find salvation through Jesus? Gager tells us that Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles, not the Jews. His most vehement arguments were directed not against Judaism but against competing apostles in the Jesus movement who demanded that Gentiles be circumcised and conform to Jewish law in order to be saved. Moreover, Paul relied on rhetorical devices that were familiar to his intended audience but opaque to later readers of the letters. As a result, his message has been misunderstood by succeeding generations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195150858
(204mm x 135mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John G. Gager
Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World, Paperback (August 1999)
In the ancient Graeco-Roman world, an enemy or rival was cursed by writing an incantation down, and dedicating it to a god or spirit. More than a thousand such texts are translated here. An introduction supplies the full cultural, social and historical context for the thematically arranged texts.
Origins of Anti-Semitism, Paperback (February 1985)» View all books by John G. Gager
A revisionist reading of early anti-Judaism, in which the author challenges the prevailing opinion and offers a detailed picture of the Jews and Christians of antiquity.
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Author Biography - John G. Gager
John G. Gager is William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Princeton University. The author of The Origins of Anti-Semitism and many other books and articles, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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