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Author Riesner, Rainer, 1950-

Title Paul's early period : chronology, mission strategy, theology / by Rainer Riesner ; translated by Doug Stott.

Imprint Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, ©1998.

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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  225.92 R562P    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 535 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note A Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral--Eberhard Karl University, 1991) presented (and published) under title: Die Frühzeit des Apostels Paulus.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-499) and indexes.
Contents pt. 1: Early Pauline chronology : from Jerusalem to Achaia -- The crucifixion of Jesus -- Persecution of Stephen and conversion -- Flight from Damascus -- The religious policies of Claudius -- Mission to the Gentiles and persecution -- Famine and apocalyptic prophecy -- The Cypriot proconsul Sergius Paullus -- Excursus I: Paul's Roman citizenship -- Claudius' Roman edict concerning the Jews -- Paul and Gallio -- Later chronology -- pt. 2: Stages of Pauline missionary strategy -- Interim consideration: Geographic sequences in Paul's letters -- The beginning of the mission -- Pushing forward to the northwest -- The way west -- The apostle's rate of travel -- Attempt at a chronological synthesis -- Excursus II: Acts and world history -- pt. 3: Early Pauline theology : the apostle and the church in Thessalonica -- Apology for abrupt departure -- Christians under the pressure of a pagan metropolis -- A concrete eschatological question -- Absent doctrine of justification? -- Excursus III: The unity of 1 Thessalonians.
Summary "Riesner contends (and rightly so) that the interpreter's view of the chronology of the early church will influence how the interpreter understands the theology of the early church. With this thought in mind, Riesner seeks to define, with as much supporting evidence as possible, the early chronology of the church, which is essentially a chronology of the early ministry of the Apostle Paul. Riesner begins by surveying contemporary scholarship's contributions (and confusions) over the chronology of Paul's ministry. Two groups in scholarship emerge. One group suggests that Acts is essential to developing a correct chronology of Paul's ministry. Acts is able to do so, since it is essentially accurate in historical details. A second group tries to do with Acts, since Acts (in their view) is essential inaccurate concerning historical details. Riesner points out that nearly everyone depends, at least at some point, upon details in Acts. Riesner recognizes a problem in the chronologies proposed in the literature he surveys: often one or two 'absolute dates' are given, and the rest of the chronological details follow from those few established dates. In the next section Riesner seeks to go point-by-point through a chronology of the early ministry of Paul, discussion the evidence at each point for particular events in Paul's life and ministry. He is wary not to merely fit a date into a chronological scheme without providing good support for that date independent of other chronological markers (if possible). Riesner interacts with both conservative and non-conservative literature. The bibliography is massive (80 pages, with approximately 30 sources per page!), and footnotes in the volume indicate that Riesner is, indeed, familiar with the literature. Riesner contends (and rightly so) that the interpreter's view of the chronology of the early church will influence how the interpreter understands the theology of the early church. With this thought in mind, Riesner seeks to define, with as much supporting evidence as possible, the early chronology of the church, which is essentially a chronology of the early ministry of the Apostle Paul. He acknowledges that Acts must be used as an historical source for reaching conclusions concerning a chronology for Paul's ministry. As one example where he isn't afraid to reach a conclusion typically reserved for conservatives, Riesner accepts the South Galatian view for the destination of the letter to the Galatians. In this review's opinion, Riesner has admirably accomplished his purpose. He has constructed a well-supported chronology of Paul's early ministry. This work is only for the serious student or scholar-it is not light reading! Riesner expects that the student knows Greek and other languages, though the work can be read profitably by English-only students. This work is a must-read for New Testament professors and any seminary students doing work on the chronology of Paul's ministry"--Amazon.com.
Subject Paul, the Apostle, Saint.
Bible. Acts -- Chronology.
Bible. Epistles of Paul -- Chronology.
Bible. Thessalonians, 1st -- Theology.
Bible. New Testament. Acts -- Chronology.
Bible. New Testament. Epistles of Paul -- Chronology.
Bible. New Testament. Thessalonians, 1st -- Theology.
Paul, l'apôtre, saint -- Chronologie.
Paul, l'apôtre, saint -- Voyages.
Bible. New Testament. Actes des Apôtres.
Bible. New Testament. Thessaloniciens, 1re -- Critique, interprétation, etc.
11.46 study and interpretation of the New Testament. (NL-LeOCL)077594282
Paul, the Apostle, Saint. (OCoLC)fst00037330
Bible. Acts. (OCoLC)fst01892885
Bible. Epistles of Paul. (OCoLC)fst01808029
Bible. Thessalonians, 1st. (OCoLC)fst01892956
Theology. (OCoLC)fst01149559
Verkondiging.
Paulus, van Tarsus, ca. 6 v.Chr-67. (NL-LeOCL)072288078
Paulus (Apostel)
Genre/Form Chronologies. (OCoLC)fst01423901
Chronologies.
Added Title Frühzeit des Apostels Paulus. English
ISBN 080284166X (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780802841667 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Music No. ACQ62112 981021 $31.86 Eerdmans!
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