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The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination
A Study in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations


  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521517409

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  • The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination is a pioneering multidisciplinary examination of Jewish perspectives on Paul of Tarsus. Here, the views of individual Jewish theologians, religious leaders, and biblical scholars of the last 150 years, together with artistic, literary, philosophical, and psychoanalytical approaches, are set alongside popular cultural attitudes. Few Jews, historically speaking, have engaged with the first-century Apostle to the Gentiles. The modern period has witnessed a burgeoning interest in this topic, however, with treatments reflecting profound concerns about the nature of Jewish authenticity and the developing intercourse between Jews and Christians. In exploring these issues, Jewish commentators have presented Paul in a number of apparently contradictory ways. The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination represents an important contribution to Jewish cultural studies and to the study of Jewish-Christian relations.

    • First major study of Jewish views of Paul
    • Multidisciplinary in approach, treating historical, theological, artistic, literary, philosophical, and psychological approaches, in addition to offering an overview of popular attitudes
    • Of interest to students of Jewish cultural studies, of New Testament and Pauline studies, and of Jewish-Christian relations
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    'The Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the complexities of formation of modern Jewish identity and the relationship of Jews to the broader culture in which they live.' Journal of Semitic Studies

    'Langton's work stands as a significant record of one stream of the effective history of the Apostle Paul and his corpus.' The Journal of Theological Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521517409
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Apostle Paul and Popular Jewish Cultural Identity:
    1. Paul in the popular Jewish imagination
    Part II. The Apostle Paul and Jewish Identity: Religious Studies and Theological Approaches:
    2. Constructions of Paul and interfaith relations: building barriers or bridges between Judaism and Christianity
    3. Constructions of Paul in intra-Jewish debate: establishing Jewish authenticity
    4. Constructions of Paul as a dialogical partner: transformative approaches to Jewish self-understanding
    Part III. The Apostle Paul and Jewish Interest in the Judeo-Christian Tradition: Artistic and Literary Approaches:
    5. An oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn, a painting by Ludwig Meidner, and a play by Franz Werfel
    6. The novels of Shalom Asch and Samuel Sandmel
    Part IV. The Apostle Paul and Jewish Critiques of the Place of Religion in Society: Philosophical and Psychoanalytical Approaches:
    7. The philosophical writings of Baruch Spinoza, Lev Shestov, and Jacob Taubes
    8. The psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud and Hanns Sachs
    Appendix: the story of Abbu Gulish.

  • Author

    Daniel R. Langton, University of Manchester
    Daniel R. Langton is Senior Lecturer in Modern Jewish-Christian Relations at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Claude Montefiore: His Life and Thought (2002), a biography of the founder of Anglo-Liberal Judaism.

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