Portraits of Paul: An Archaeology of Ancient Personality

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Religion - 271 pages
How did ancient persons understand themselves, other people, and the world around them? Is there a marked contrast between their understandings of "self" and "other" and the way modern Westerners define those concepts? Bruce Malina and Jerome Neyrey focus on the figure of Paul to provide a comprehensive investigation of how one man was perceived in the ancient world. Drawing on primary sources from antiquity, as well as lessons from cultural anthropology, the authors help provide a fuller understanding of the person of Paul and his world. By doing so, they offer readers a new, and more balanced, way to approach the New Testament.
 

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Contents

Looking at Paul in The Acts of Paul
100
Progymnasmata and Rhetorical Treatises
219
Individualists and Collectivists
225
Bibliography
233

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About the author (1996)

Bruce J. Malina is professor in the Department of Theology at Creighton University.

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