There were four different portraits of Paul in the early church: the non-authoritarian Paul of the great Letters, the authoritarian, misogynist Paul of the Pastoral Epistles, or the frenetic missionary who single-handedly introduced Christianity to the Mediterranean world. Which is the real Paul?
THE REAL PAUL
Recovering His Radical Challenge
Bernard Brandon Scott
A slow rumbling, that has been building up among New Testament scholars for the past twenty years, is only now beginning to make its effects felt on a more general public. A new Paul is beginning to emerge, one who differs from the Paul of the traditional church that has co-opted him for almost two thousand years.
The new Paul threatened Roman authorities with anti-imperial rhetoric, much of which is still operative today. Thus, the new Paul may prove an even more radical challenge to church and society than did the historical Jesus.
THE FIRST NEW TESTAMENT
Marcion's Scriptural Canon
The earliest version of the New Testament, now in English for the first time!
History preserves the name of the person responsible for the first New Testament, the circumstances surrounding his work, and even the date he decided to build a textual foundation for his fledgling Christian community. So why do so few people know about him? Jason BeDuhn introduces Marcion, reconstructs his text, and explores his impact on the study of Luke-Acts, the two-source theory, and the Q hypothesis.
EMBRACING THE HUMAN JESUS
A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity
Embracing the Human Jesus is a sincere effort to think anew about Christianity and Christian practice on the foundation of a purely human Jesus. Galston points out that, whether taking the apocalyptic or non-apocalyptic view, virtually all scholars see Jesus as a participant in the Jewish wisdom tradition. On this often marginalized foundation, Galston proposes that the trajectory of the ancient wisdom of Jesus can be grasped in the contemporary world and can find life in the thinking and practices of a new church.Includes sample liturgy, hymns, and other helpful reflections from a real community attempting to follow the wisdom path of a purely human Jesus.
A SCANDALOUS JESUS
How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better
The question of the historical Jesus is not only an historical question but also an historic one. And historic questions can be the most scandalous, says Joe Bessler, because they challenge the assumptions governing societies. In his book, the author seeks to capture the historic questions that surround and shape the quest for the historical Jesus and its impact on theological and cultural life today. He also talks about Salman Rushdie and Islam, which has yet to start this journey into its own past.