Monthly Archives: February 2019

Fredriksen-Paul’s “righteoused” pagans

According to Paula Fredriksen in Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, people have misinterpreted Paul partly because they have used the concept of religion. She has absorbed a lot of the ideas of Brent Nongbri who thinks religion doesn’t exist, but is … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Paul, the Judaizer

In Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, Paula Fredriksen claims Christians have badly misinterpreted Paul beginning in the Patristic period, even more so in the period of imperial orthodoxy following Constantine, and even up to today’s New Perspective. The misinterpretation was that … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Gentiles and delay

Today I continue with my reading of Paula Fredriksen’s Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle. Fredriksen applies her end-time, apocalyptic perspective to issues discussed in Paul’s letters. The first followers of Jesus held that the end, characterized by the resurrection of the … Continue reading

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A leap to monotheism

I do not have time to do another post on my reading project today.  But here is something I want to call your attention to.  James K. Hoffmeier makes what I think is a very good point about the so-called … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Eschatological Gentiles

Paula Fredriksen, in Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle, has a low view of the reliability of Acts of the Apostles for Paul’s life. For one thing she thinks Paul’s letters often contradict what Acts says. More than that, she puts the … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Paul, the synagogue, and corporal punishment

I am reading Paula Fredriksen’s Paul, the Pagan’s Apostle. She sets up the context of Paul’s activity in the cities of Syria, Asia Minor, and Greece. The theological background in Judaism was apocalyptic hope. I covered that in my first … Continue reading

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Fredriksen-Paul’s Jesus as end-time prophet

The winter vacation is over.  Missouri is still frozen.  But I escaped for a while. This is the year of our fiftieth wedding anniversary.  So we plan to break up the year with several celebrations. This may slow down my … Continue reading

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