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Prof. Emma Wasserman 4/8/09 Pauline Christianity as an Intellectual Type of Religion Outline: I. The rise of Christianity: Paul to Constantine a. Big bang theory of Christian beginnings vs. historical explanation b. Historical sketch: Jesus to Constantine II. Paul and the Pauline tradition a. Paul as a historical source: letters vs. Acts b. Paul in later Christian tradition i. The Canon ii. The founder of universalism iii. Authority iv. Conversion (Acts) v. Sinful human nature III. Basic Features of Paul’s Thought Basic ideas and terms: Jews, Gentiles, idolatry, messiah a. The apocalypse (end world; God’s judgment of all) is coming, soon. b. Apostle to the Gentiles and the problem of Gentile sin (in light of a.) c. Accountability to the law as a problem (in light of a. and b.) d. New option (in light of a., b., and c.): God’s breath inside you ( pneuma ) IV. Pauline Christianity as a Distinctive Type of Religion a. Focus on the inner self b. Use of Greek philosophy and rhetoric c. Loss and recovery of self-control in Romans THE CANON AND CANONICAL ORDER (CA. 500 CE) Stories About Jesus Story About Apostles Letters (to real and imagined communities) Apocalypse Matthew, Mark, Luke, John Acts Romans , 1-2 Corinthians , Galatians , Ephesians, Philippians , Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians , 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon , Hebrews , James, 1-2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude Revelation Note: Bold italics indicate the writing is about or claims to have been written by Paul; the underline indicates those letters that Paul actually wrote. Historical Order: __0_____30/31___________49–58_________________66–70 ________100 d. Jesus Letters of Paul Jewish war Mark Luke-Acts?? Matthew? John? TEXTS: 1. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 5 He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The
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