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Paul the Apostle

By J. Albert Harrill

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This book is a controversial new biography of the apostle Paul that argues for his inclusion in the pantheon of key figures of classical antiquity, along with the likes of Socrates, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra and Augustus. It first provides a critical reassessment of the apostle's life in its historical context that focuses on Paul's discourse of authority, which was both representative of its Roman context and provocative to his rivals within Roman society. It then considers the legend that developed around Paul as the history of his life was elaborated and embellished by later interpreters, creating legends that characterized the apostle variously as a model citizen, an imperial hero, a sexual role model, an object of derision and someone to quote from. It is precisely this rewriting of Paul's history into legend that makes the apostle a key transformative figure of classical antiquity.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Ancient & Classical History

Paul the Apostle
His Life and Legacy in their Roman Context
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/24/12
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139579193
ISBN 13: 9781139579193
Print ISBN: 9780521767644

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