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Social-Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul

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This latest addition to the Fortress Social-Science Commentaries on New Testament writings illuminates the values, perceptions, and social codes of the Mediterranean culture that shaped Paul and his interactions—both harmonious and conflicted—with others. Malina and Pilch add new dimensions to our understanding of the apostle as a social change agent, his coworkers as innovators, and his gospel as an assertion of the honor of the God of Israel.

  • Bibliographical references
  • Notes and indexes
If you are tired of reading the same 'new' book on Paul over and over, this is the place to go next. In addition to traditional material on rhetoric and background, this social-scientific commentary brings to the fore necessary, significant and enlightening ways of understanding the social role of Paul and his social dynamics with the churches he founded. In this it is unique. . . The Reading Scenarios are themselves worth the price of this book.

—Jerome Neyrey, University of Notre Dame

This is not the typical introspective, individualistic Paul of Western theology. Rather Malina and Pilch reveal Paul as a thoroughgoing Mediterranean person, functioning as a change agent among Israelites living in minority communities around the Greco-Roman world. Pauline theology will never look the same again.

—Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Lewis and Clark College

  • Title: Social-Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul
  • Authors: Bruce J. Malina and John J. Pilch
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 432

Bruce J. Malina is Professor of New Testament at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of The Social Gospel of Jesus, and with Richard Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels and Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John, all from Fortress Press.

John J. Pilch teaches biblical literature in the Theology Department of Georgetown University, and is currently visiting Professor at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Hong Kong, and at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is the author of Healing in the New Testament.


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  2. David Paul

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    I'm stunned that people have given this book 5-stars (or any stars) and not addressed the content of the book. Given that the author says in the previews above that "Paul traveled to proclaim his gospel of God exclusively to Israelites resident among majority non-Israelite populations in Greco-Roman cities" and "There is no evidence that Paul addressed non-Israelites in any of his letters directed to Jesus groups that he founded. Paul shows no interest in non-Israelites at all," how can anyone just click on a star rating and not address the magnitude of such a claim by the author? I'm not saying it is or isn't true, just that it is a claim that demands rationale, not just a thumbs up or down.

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