Timothy: Paul's Closest Associate  -     By: Bruce J. Malina
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Liturgical Press / 2008 / Paperback

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While most Christians might accurately identify Timothy as an associate of the apostle Paul, they probably conjure up images of Timothy and his relationship with Paul in twenty-first-century terms. In Timothy: Paul's Closest Associate, Bruce J. Malina ventures off the path of modern biography, with its interest in psychological development and introspection, toward a more likely description of Timothy. Malina draws us out of our individualistic worldview and into the first-century Mediterranean world, where introspection was unheard of and collectivism prevailed. Here alone, within a network of friends and associates, can we discover the real Timothy. Moreover, Malina's fascinating explanation of social-scientific group development over generations, while perhaps challenging readers to rethink traditional biblical interpretation, provides readers with fresh and plausible insights about Timothy. These insights lead to a greater appreciation not only for Timothy but, more important, for the gospel of God that Paul enjoined on him to proclaim: the God of Israel raised Jesus from the dead, making him Lord and Messiah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0814651801
ISBN-13: 9780814651803
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Series: Paul's Social Network

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While most Christians might accurately identify Timothy as an associate of the apostle Paul, they probably conjure up images of Timothy and his relationship with Paul in twenty-first-century terms. In Timothy: Paul's Closest Associate, Bruce J. Malina ventures off the path of modern biography, with its interest in psychological development and introspection, toward a more likely description of Timothy. Malina draws us out of our individualistic worldview and into the first-century Mediterranean world, where introspection was unheard of and collectivism prevailed. Here alone, within a network of friends and associates, can we discover the real Timothy. Moreover, Malina's fascinating explanation of social-scientific group development over generations, while perhaps challenging readers to rethink traditional biblical interpretation, provides readers with fresh and plausible insights about Timothy. These insights lead to a greater appreciation not only for Timothy but, more important, for the gospel of God that Paul enjoined on him to proclaim: the God of Israel raised Jesus from the dead, making him Lord and Messiah.

Bruce J. Malina, STD, is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Creighton University in Omaha. He is the author of numerous works, including The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Atlanta: John Knox, 1981; rev. ed., 1993; Louisville: Westminster/Knox, 3rd rev. ed., 2001); with John J. Pilch, Social Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006); and with John J. Pilch, Social Science Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008).

Author Bio

Bruce J. Malina, STD, is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Creighton University in Omaha. He is the author of numerous works, including The New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology (Atlanta: John Knox, 1981; rev. ed., 1993; Louisville: Westminster/Knox, 3rd rev. ed., 2001); with John J. Pilch, Social Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006); and with John J. Pilch, Social Science Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008).

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. . . an excellent primer for Christian ethics.

Catholic Studies An Online Journal

This volume is an excellent tool for learning about the commonalities and distinctions between traditionally Roman Catholic and Protestant approaches to Christian ethics.
Catholic Library World

Highly recommended especially for religious studies students focusing on Christian Ethics.
The Midwest Book Review

Views on ethics cannot be considered light reading, but the editors of this work have employed design and language that bring the issues into clear focus.
Carol Blank, Writing Works, Columbia, Maryland

An excellent anthology for ethics students that draws together diverse, illuminating, and engaging readings from many strands of the Christian tradition. Ahearn and Gathje provide valuable background commentary to situate the various arguments and substantive excerpts.
Christine D. Pohl, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary

By skillful use of excerpts from many excellent sources, the authors help us to penetrate and appreciate a wide range of both Catholic and Protestant approaches to ethical reasoning. In a most insightful and engaging way, this volume leads students of Christian ethics through the contours of this complex field. I expect instructors of ethics courses at all levels to make good use of this valuable resource for years to come.
Thomas Massaro, S.J

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