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Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion, 40th Anniversary Edition
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Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion, 40th Anniversary Edition

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Fortress Press 2017

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Overview

This landmark work, which has shaped a generation of scholarship, compares the apostle Paul with contemporary Judaism, both understood on their own terms. E.P. Sanders proposes a methodology for comparing similar but distinct religious patterns, demolishes a flawed view of rabbinic Judaism still prevalent in much New Testament scholarship, and argues for a distinct understanding of the apostle and of the consequences of his conversion. A new foreword by Mark A. Chancey outlines Sanders’s achievement, reviews the principal criticisms raised against it, and describes the legacy he leaves future interpreters.

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Key Features

  • Examines Paul through the context of contemporary Judaism
  • Features a new foreward by Mark A. Chancey on Sanders, criticisms against the book, and its legacy
  • Contains an extensive bibliography and indices

Contents

  • Part One: Palestinian Judaism
    • Tannaitic Literature
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
    • Palestinian Judaism 200 BCE–200 CE: Conclusion
  • Part Two: Paul

Praise for the Print Edition

Paul and Palestinian Judaism revolutionized New Testament Studies. This great book began the serious academic retrieval of Second Temple Judaism as the defining context, in positive ways, of Paul’s life and work. Brilliantly analyzing a broad range of early Jewish texts, Sanders likewise exposed the deep and abiding anti-Judaism afflicting – and disfiguring – centuries of Christian scholarship. Both intellectually and morally, his writing sounded a summons that has reshaped an entire field of study. If, in the forty years since its first publication, things have begun to change, it is thanks to Sanders, and to the enduring achievement of Paul and Palestinian Judaism.

—Paula Fredriksen, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

E.P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism is a modern classic. It changed the way we look at Paul and the way we look at ancient Judaism. Forty years later, it is still worth reading and worth arguing about.

—Shaye J.D. Cohen, Harvard University

Product Details

  • Title: Paul and Palestinian Judaism: A Comparison of Patterns of Religion
  • Author: E.P. Sanders
  • Edition: 40th Anniversary
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 672
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Pauline Studies

About E.P. Sanders

E.P. Sanders is the Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion Emeritus at Duke University. He previously taught New Testament studies at McMaster University and at Oxford University as Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture and as fellow of The Queen’s College. He is the author of numerous landmark books including Paul, the Laws, and the Jewish People and Jesus and Judaism, winner of the 1990 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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