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REDISCOVERING PAUL (Rationale)

The apostolic person for whom we possess more useful first hand information than any other 1st century worthy is Saul-Paul of Tarsus. Readers have two kinds of sources from which to view this pillar of Christianity: the letters which serve as the primary sources and the narratives of the Acts of the Apostles which offer a later secondary survey of the actions, words, and travels attributed to him. It should be no surprise for effective historical understanding that the start of such research must be the letters. However even within the corpus of letters we confront challenges. Not every letter rises to the level of genuine authenticity. Not all letters ascribed to Paul the apostle truly derive from his voice or hand. Several writings actually come from his disciples, followers, or his “school” that expressed his voice to address and adapt his message to later generations of disciples.

It is not overly critical to assert that in many details for many moderns neither the proponents of Paul and his writings nor his opponents have really hit the mark. We must confess openly that for centuries persons who have read Paul through their own experience and times thereby missing his real thought and passion for Christ and the kingdom. If we become more aware of our assumptions we can do better and we shall try together.

Participants should recognize that our journey will not be a usual commentary verse by verse study. Our theological attention to discern the changes and adaptions introduced over the decades of the first century demands a different method. This aim requires a more comparative approach such as viewing in parallel the teaching from later “Pauline” compositions with the form of the real radical Paul. We might just discover that we have been responding more to a tamed “conservative icon” than the actual first century giant of church planting. - Dr. Jim Christoph

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Last Published: March 22, 2022 9:53 AM

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