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This paper critically analyzes E.P.Sanders book "Paul: A Very Short Introduction," which clarifies the teachings of St. Paul and his place in Christian theology. According to the paper, to understand Paul's mission, one must understand the apostle within his historical context. Saunders' approach is described as one of a Near East historian as well as a scholar of text. In particular, the work focuses on Paul's challenge preaching to the Gentiles when he himself was so culturally connected to Judaism. Sander's work uses the New Testament Romans as the primary text and voice of Paul. The paper concludes by recommending Sander's book for as an accessible and useful way for a student or layperson wishing to gain an academic understanding of Paul.
From the Paper:"Saunders' approach is thus one of a Near East historian as well as a scholar of texts. The reason Paul placed such an emphasis on faith, for example, was because he identified himself as an apostle to the gentiles, and he was attempting to create a non-Judaic version of Christianity that was detached from the Mosaic tradition, yet still relied upon fulfilling the Mosaic covenant to justify its existence. Simply put, Paul did not believe that gentiles should have to be circumcised or keep kosher to be one with Christ, but many of his own cultural practices and believes about morality came from the Jewish tradition. Thus, although he was arguing for new ideas, he framed them within his own Hebraic understandings."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Saunders, E.P. Paul: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Cite this Book Review:
Words and Thoughts That Define Modern Christian Teaching in "Paul: A Very Short Introduction" (2011, January 06) Retrieved August 06, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/words-and-thoughts-that-define-modern-christian-teaching-in-paul-a-very-short-introduction-146629/
"Words and Thoughts That Define Modern Christian Teaching in "Paul: A Very Short Introduction"" 06 January 2011. Web. 06 August. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/words-and-thoughts-that-define-modern-christian-teaching-in-paul-a-very-short-introduction-146629/>