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This paper explores the philosophical outlook of St. Paul on the resurrection of Jesus and its impact on Christian theology. First, the paper summarizes the story and texts which tell of the resurrection of Jesus. Then, it defines the theological meaning of the resurrection for Christians today, particularly those who are Catholic and look to the Church for leadership. Next, the paper addresses the descriptions and meanings of the resurrections as seen in the Epistles primarily written by St. Paul, particularly their political motives. Finally, the paper considers these writings in light of Judaism at that time.
From the Paper:"These are words that we may attribute to Paul from Corinthians, but when we turn to the epistles which have collectively bore the name of the man born as Saul of Tarsis, the record becomes far less clear. It is understood with some level of certainty that Paul was the hand which authored a seven of the 14 letters historically identified as Pauline. Those which have been cast in doubt are called the Pastoral Epistles, which include the First Epistle to Timothy, the Second Epistle to Timothy, and the Epistle to Titus. These are seen as Pauline in spite of the abundance of evidence derived from linguistic evaluation indicating that this is highly unlikely. Quite to the point, Wallace (2000) indicates that "'Most modern writers find more difficulty in imagining how this Epistle was ever attributed to Paul than in disposing of the theory.' It was considered Pauline, however, because it certainly had a Pauline flavor (which even Origen admitted), and because its obvious literary and theological depth caused the early church to elicit a certain authority (viz., Paul) as author in order to preserve it within the canon."
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- Wallace, D.B. (2000). Hebrews: Introduction, Argument, and Outline. Biblical Studies Foundation.
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