The Pagans’ Apostle

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The apostle Paul heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in history’s closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with apocalyptic hopes, expecting God through his messiah to fulfil his ancient promises of redemption to Israel. The second teemed with ancient actors, not only human but also divine: angry superhuman forces, jealous demons and hostile cosmic gods. Both worlds are Paul’s, and his convictions about the first shaped his actions in the second. This work powerfully undercuts some of the most pervasive narratives about Paul and is a fresh reframing of the apostle and his mission.

A new paradigm for Pauline scholarship . . . a tour de force. BRYN MAWR CLASSICAL REVIEW