Pauline Epistles

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Frank Hager Review 6 Introduction to the New Testament April 2, 2010 Pauline Epistles When analyzing the historical reconstruction of the story and life of Jesus of Nazareth, historians look at a variety of sources, such as the gospels, documents written by historians, and the Pauline Epistles. In this essay, I will use a combination of class discussion gathered from my understanding of E.P. Saunders work The Historical Reconstruction of Jesus and compare his main points to Paul’s portrayal of the historical Jesus. Overall, it is clear that Paul’s letters do not put much focus on the historical Jesus. Although there may be a combination of reasons why he does not focus on the facts of Jesus’ life, we must remember that he was writing in the 50s, soon after Jesus’ death. It is quite possible that many readers had heard of the story of Jesus. Conversely, it is possible that Paul just knew the basic facts of Jesus’ life and wanted to explain the facts of the story as he understood them. It is clear that the Pauline Epistles place focus on the writer’s spiritual beliefs more than
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course NES 2326 taught by Professor Haines-eitzen during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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