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Paul’s Letters and Contemporary Greco-Roman Literature : Theorizing a New Taxonomy (Hardcover)

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Robertson rethinks Paul’s letters providing a new way to describe their form that facilitates transparent, empirical comparison with texts not typically treated by biblical scholars. He argues that the form of Paul’s letters is best represented as a set of literary characteristics that are shared by specific Greco-Roman ethical-philosophical texts written at a roughly contemporary time in the ancient Mediterranean, particularly Epictetus’ Discourses and Philodemus’ On Piety and On Death . He suggests that Paul not be thought of as a Christian with a Jewish past and worldview paired with a Greek education, but rather as a domain-specific, educated, entrepreneurial and open-minded ancient Mediterranean figure, whose life cannot be broken down into pre- and post-conversion stages, but who remained dynamic and evolving by constantly learning from, and deploying a variety of sources and strategies in a complex, shifting, and challenging environment. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 307
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Novum Testamentum, Supplements
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Paul Robertson
Language: English
Street Date: June 9, 2016
TCIN: 51554698
UPC: 9789004320277
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-2546
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