Category Archives: Paul

Terrien-the suppression of Prisca

During this new phase of the history of the church (A.D. 65-96), the position of womanhood was theologically and ethically altered.  The ambiguities entertained be the second generation of Christian leaders hardened into a male one-sidedness, which excluded women from … Continue reading

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Terrien-was Paul a misogynist prude?

I continue to read Samuel Terrien’s Till the Heart Sings which is a biblical reflection on gender. People have often considered the Apostle Paul anti-woman.  His convoluted and culturally influenced attempts to deal with issues between men and women in … Continue reading

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Terrien-women and Jesus

I continue to read Till the Heart Sings by Samuel Terrien, where he develops a theology of openness and celebration of both male and female identity.  Because female value has historically been disparaged more in Christianity, he lifts up the … Continue reading

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Carr-Paul, trauma, and zeal

David M. Carr in Holy Resilience treats Paul as the traumatized apostle. Some of his points do not convince me. He tries to suggest that Paul’s christiopanies (appearances of Christ and visions)were trauma-related. He points especially to the vision recounted … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the opposition to Paul

I have been considering the opposition to Paul since reading Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  Although I could not totally agree with his theory of Paul’s opponents, his treatment did make this a bigger issue in my mind.  Some … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-appreciation and caveat

I’ve completed Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It was a great read. He used his vast knowledge of the 1st century Hellenistic world to flesh out Paul’s life. There was much in the book that was very helpful. He … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Paul’s last years

The assumption I have held from the days I studied Paul in seminary is that Nero executed him at the end of the two years of custody in Rome, in about 62.  However, this assumption is based on Acts and … Continue reading

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