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The Struggle To Define Heilsgeschichte: Paul on the Origins of the Christian Tradition
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2003 (English)In: Biblical Research, ISSN 0067-6535, Vol. 48, 45-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The posing, refining and sometimes rejecting common explanations of origins may be a fundamental component of any shared human consciousness, relationship or religious community.  This article studies Paul’s occasional remarks concerning the Origins of the Christian tradition with reference to (1) Judaism, (2) Jesus, (3) Paul’s own authority, and (4) the faith of Paulinist Christians.  It is argued that although the NT book of Acts offers the earliest narrative account of Christian origins, Paul’s occasional letters attest an even earlier point in the life of the early church when accounts of origins were a living part of the contested and evolving tradition.  Understanding how Paul and Paul’s opponents defined the past can shed light on how they addressed issues that they and their communities faced in the present.

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2003. Vol. 48, 45-67 p.
Keyword [en]
apostle Paul, salvation history, authority
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Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140655OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140655DiVA: diva2:384164
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