Paul among the People The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time

ISBN-10: 0375425012

ISBN-13: 9780375425011

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sarah RUDEN

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A brilliant reconsideration of the Apostle Paulhis theology is the basis of Christian dogmathat explores the ways in which his writings have been misunderstood and how he has been falsely cast as an authoritarian rule maker, misogynist, puritan, and cynical social conformist. Sarah Rudenacclaimed translator of classical textsexamines Paul's words in Koine Greek and, for the first time, considers them in the full context of his own era. She looks at how these words might have affected his contemporaries; how they represented the new Church as an alternative to old ways of thinking, feeling, and living; and how they show his own true nature as liberator and reformer, spreading an uncompromising message of love. Ruden translates passages from ancient Greek and Roman literature, from Homer and Aristophanes to Vergil and Seneca, setting them beside famous and controversial passages of Paul and their key modern interpretations. She writes about Augustine; about Paul's treatment of the "law"; about George Bernard Shaw's misguided notion of Paul as "the eternal enemy of Woman"; and about the misuse of Paul's teachings in the English Puritan Richard Baxter's sermon, "The Sinfulness of Flesh-Pleasing." Ruden makes clear that Paul's ethics, in contrast, were humane, open, and responsible. Paul Among the Peopleis a remarkable work of scholarship, synthesis, and understanding. It is a revelation of the founder of Christianity.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Sarah Rudenwas educated at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. She has translated four books of classical literature, among themThe Aeneid,and is the author ofOther Places,a book of poetry. She is a research fellow at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she lives. From the Hardcover edition.

Preface: Who Was Paul?
Paul and Aristophanes-No, Really
The End Of Fun? Paul and Pleasure
No Closet, No Monsters? Paul and Homosexuality
An Apostolic Oinker Paul and Women
Just Following Orders? Paul and the State
Nobody Here but Us Bondsmen Paul and Slavery
Love Just: Paul on the Foundation of the New Community
Note on My Use of Sources
Selected Bibliography
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