The Religion of Paul the Apostle

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Yale University Press, 2000 - Religion - 261 pages
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Paul the Apostle has traditionally been viewed as a thinker and theologian, and scholars have focused almost exclusively on his ideas rather than on his religious experience. In this book, a leading New Testament scholar challenges this view of Paul. John Ashton demonstrates how closely Paulís own career resembles that of a typical shaman, and he shows how every important aspect of Paulís life and ministry may be illuminated by focusing on his experience.
  

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Contents

Paul the Enigma
29
Jesus the Shaman
62
Merkabah Mysticism
105
Schweitzers Mysticism
143
The Historicity of Acts
171
Paul the Charismatic
198
Paul the Possessed
214
Conclusion
238
General Index
252
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John Ashton was Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the University of Oxford, and is now Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

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