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Paul: Some basic “facts” What are our sources for the historical Paul? o The book of Acts and Paul’s letters What happened in his “conversion”? o Acts 9, 22, 26 vs. 1 Cor 15 o Dramatic “change” in which he went from being a persecutor of the ‘believers or followers of Christ’ to being there strongest advocate. This is what we are talking about when we say ‘conversion’. When did he live and write? o “Conversion” in the 30s, writing in the 50s, and dying in the 60s. We don’t know when he was born. Who was Paul? o A Hellenistic and diasporic Jew who was converted to a belief about Jesus as the messiah and began travelling throughout the eastern Mediterranean, teaching this “good news”
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Unformatted text preview: “Good News” is the literal translation of the Greek word for Gospel • The World of Paul o Travelled by foot through difficult terrain o Primarily goes to urban areas- like Ephasis o Voluntary organization where people would gather around as a certain craft (guilds). That’s how Paul made networks. • 1 Thessalonians o Opening Greeting: Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the ekklesia at Thessalonica o Occasional nature of Paul’s letters; question of interpolations (additions); one side of a conversation o Key terminology: God (at least 33 times), lord Jesus Christ (much fewer times)’; the “gospel”...
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