By John G. Gager
Through the Christian period, Paul has stood on the heart of controversy, accused of being the daddy of Christian anti-Semitism. yet have we misunderstood the guy and his teachings for almost 2,000 years? during this hugely available e-book, John Gager demanding situations this entrenched view of Paul, arguing persuasively that Paul's phrases were taken out in their unique context, distorted, and usually misconstrued. Gager takes us looking for the "real" Paul--using Paul's personal writings. via an exhaustive research of Paul's letters to the Galatians and the Romans, he offers illuminating solutions to the foremost questions: Did Paul repudiate the legislation of Moses? Did he think that Jews were rejected through God and changed as His selected humans by means of Gentiles? Did he think about circumcision to be worthwhile for salvation? And did he count on Jews to discover salvation via Jesus? To these kinds of questions, John Gager solutions no. First, he places Paul's proselytizing in context. Paul used to be an apostle to the Gentiles, no longer the Jews. His so much vehement arguments have been directed now not opposed to Judaism yet opposed to competing apostles within the Jesus flow who demanded that Gentiles be circumcised and agree to Jewish legislations so as to be stored. furthermore, Paul depended on rhetorical units that have been primary to his meant viewers yet opaque to later readers of the letters. for this reason, his message has been misunderstood through all succeeding generations. Reinventing Paul brilliantly units forth a debatable interpretation of Paul's educating. This thought-provoking portrait is vital interpreting for theologians and lay humans, historians and philosophers, Christians and Jews.
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