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Lecture 5. paul. 04.05.10 - -1 Thessalonians(50 A.D*oldest...

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Emily Tsiao 04/05/10 Lecture 5: Paul Paul and His Letters- Overview -preliminary observations -Paul’s life and activities -sociology of Pauline communities -general nature of Paul’s writing -Paul and the religious marketplace -problems and controversy (analysis of each letter) Paul’s Life -sources for Paul’s biographical information -info in Paul’s letters about his own past -Galatians 1:10-2:14 -Philippians 3:4-6 -1 Corinthians 15:3-11 -Acts (but must be used with caution b/c it is often novelistic) -early life -little known with certainty -from Tarsus in Cilicia (acc. to Acts) -“from the tribe of Benjamin” (phil 3) which means that he was not a priest because the priests came from the tribe of Levi -Paul’s other name is Saul (it is not uncommon to have 2 names) -Acts 23:16 portrays him as having studied under Gamaliel -He did not have a wife during 1 Corinthians but afterwards we are unsure
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-chronology -30A.D. (death of Christ) -Paul’s Vision (35 A.D.)
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Unformatted text preview: -1 Thessalonians (50 A.D.) *oldest letter-Romans (56-57 A.D.) *last letter-Paul’s Death (60 A.D.)-1 st Jewish revolt; fall of Jerusalem (66-70 A.D.)-Paul as Pharisee-Philippians 3:4-6** (talks about his religious achievement)-Paul characterizes his life as a Pharisee very positively (a good thing), as a religious success-Pharisees-Influential within political and religious life of Judaism though only several thousand total-Devout advocates of a life of Torah observance-Stressed importance of a tradition of interpretation of the Torah-Galatians 1:13-14-I was really into the traditions of my ancestors-speaks positively of his religious past-the only exception: he opposed the “assembly [ekklesia] of God” (=Jesus movement, or portion of it)-we do not know the details, but he saw this movement’s openness to Gentiles as violation of Torah and traditions of Torah interpretation-Paul’s conversion and its significance...
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