This book breaks new ground in New Testament reception history by bringing together early Pauline interpretation and the study of early Christian institutions. Benjamin Edsall traces the close association between Paul and the catechumenate through important texts and readers from the late second century to the fourth century to show how the early Church arrived at a wide-spread image of Paul as the apostle of Christian initiation. While exploring what this image of Paul means for understanding early Christian interpretation, Edsall also examines the significance of this aspect of Pauline reception in relation to interpretive possibilities of Paul's letters. Building on the analysis of early interpretations and rhetorical images of the Apostle, Edsall brings these together with contemporary scholarly discourse. The juxtaposition highlights longstanding continuity and conflict in exegetical discussions and dominant Pauline images. Edsall concludes with broader hermeneutical reflections on the value of historical reception for New Testament Studies.Read more
- Brings reception historical studies together with studies of early Christian institutions
- Proposes a hermeneutical framework for bringing together ancient and contemporary interpreters in constructive dialogue
- Provides fresh translations of the primary sources and the most up to date discussion of the catechumenate's development in English
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'… this volume is a study in the reception history of Paul and the development of early Christianity that … has important implications for the study of the NT. The volume will be of interest to Pauline scholars and church historians, and deserves a wide readership.' Jason Maston, Religious Studies Review
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- Date Published: April 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108471312
- length: 340 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Catechesis and the catechumenate – an historical sketch
3. Narrating the catechist in the acts of Paul
4. Clement's pedagogical interpretation – milk and meat
5. Cultivating the soul – Origen's catechetical Paul
6. Paul the catechist, Chrysostom and the fourth century
7. Textual resources and a catechetical Paul
8. Conclusion – reception as iteration – a sketch.
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