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James W. Aageson is Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He has also written Written Also for Our Sake: Paul and the Art of Biblical Interpretation
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Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2007
Series: Library of Pauline Studies
Among the many intriguing issues generated by the historical Paul, his New Testament letters, and early church history is the question, what happened to Paul after Paul? Whether we think in terms of the reception of Paul's theology, or the ongoing legacy of Paul, or early Christian reinterpretation of his letters, the questions persist: what did the early church do with Paul's memory? How did it reshape his theology? And what role did his letters come to play in the life of the church?
The focus of the present discussion is in the early decades and centuries of Christianity, a time when the memory and legacy of Paul came to serve varied and often competing interests in the emerging church. It was a time when Paul's reputation and importance to the church were being reinforced and when his epistles were gaining the authority that would ensure their place in the sacred library of Christianity. It was also the time when the Jesus movement forged itself into Christianity, a process in which Paul played a pivotal role and eventually also became an object of revision and transformation himself. What is virtually indisputable in this process is that Paul, during his lifetime and after, played a critical role in making Christianity what it was to become.
Stanley E. Porter is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Canada. He has authored numerous volumes, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament and The Book of Romans: A Grammatical-Rhetorical Commentary and is editor of the Library of Pauline Studies.
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