As it is Written: Studying Paul's Use of Scripture

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Stanley E. Porter, Christopher D. Stanley
Society of Biblical Lit, 2008 - Religion - 376 pages
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I write not as an expert but as an author of fiction and a translator of German long interested in theology, biblical criticism, and philosophy. I also sit most Sundays in the pew of a Lutheran church and attempt to make sense of the lectionary lessons which often include texts from Paul's letters.
I happened across this interesting book while researching a different topic (reminiscent of hours spent browsing in the library stacks while in graduate school and becoming distracted by captivating books and articles that strike a chord, while not necessarily contributing to the original task). This time, I do not regret having yielded to this temptation.
The clarity of their writing, the breadth of their scholarship, and the light the authors shed on Paul's use of earlier scripture makes me almost regret not having followed along some pathway years ago that could have led me to write such a book myself.
Anyone with a background in the humanities interested in biblical studies should find this book rewarding.
William Geuss
 

Contents

Charting the Course
3
Pauls Engagement with Scripture
13
Quotations
15
Allusions and Echoes
29
Scriptural Language and Ideas
41
Biblical Narratives
59
Paul and His Audiences
95
His Education andAccess to the Scriptures of Israel
97
An Intertextual Suggestion
189
Pursuing an Antiimperial Intertextuality in Romans
213
Paul and Scripture through Other Eyes
235
Paul and Writing
237
Marginality andin Early Biblical Interpretation
261
A Feminist Perception
291
Bibliography
321
Contributors
351

Why the Audience Matters
125
Synagogue Influence and Scriptural Knowledge among the Christians of Rome
157
Pauls Intertextual Backgrounds
187

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Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D. (1988) in Biblical Studies and Linguistics, University of Sheffield, is President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College. He is the author or co-author of twelve books and editor of over fifty volumes, including works on Paul and his use of Scripture. Christopher D. Stanley, Ph.D. (1990) in New Testament, Duke University, is Professor of Theology at St. Bonaventure University. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on Paul's use of Scripture and is chair of the SBL Paul and Scripture Seminar.