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.
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
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.