Heirs of Paul: Paul's Legacy in the New Testament and in the Church Today

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - Religion - 146 pages
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In this book, the author discusses the reception of Paul in the modern day church, and argues that Paul and his gospel are the least understood parts of the New Testament in the church today. Beker examines the deutero-Pauline literature to reveal how the earliest churches received Paul's message. Refreshingly, Beker doesn't assume that the deutero-Pauline letters are a corruption of Paul's message. Rather, Beker's reconstruction reveals the ways Paul's gospel was adapted to the particular situations of the deutero-Pauline texts, and this becomes a model for the church today in receiving Paul afresh.
 

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Contents

THE PROBLEM OF PAULS LEGACY
9
Procedure
11
A Word on Method
12
BASIC ISSUES IN THE TRANSMISSION OF TRADITION
19
The Problem Inherent in the Transmission of Pauls Gospel
27
The Historical Paul and the Canonical Paul
31
THE HISTORICAL PAUL AND HIS NEW TESTAMENT INTERPRETERS A COMPARATIVE APPROACH
35
Pauls Legacy in the Pastoral Epistles
36
The Adaptation of Pauls Tradition
79
Similarities of Adaptation
93
The Necessity and Shortcomings of the Comparative Approach
94
PAULS IMPACT ON THE POSTPAULINE PERIOD AND ON THE CHURCH TODAY
99
Pauls Legacy in the New Testament Church
104
Pauls Legacy for the Church Today
115
NOTES
129
BIBLIOGRAPHY
135

Pauls Legacy in the Book of Acts
48
Pauls Legacy in Colossians and Ephesians
64
Pauls Legacy in 2 Thessalonians
72
THE HISTORICAL PAUL AND HIS NEW TESTAMENT INTERPRETERS A TRADITIONHISTORICAL APPROACH
77
INDEX
141
AUTHOR INDEX
146
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