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Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement

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, 2007
ISBN: 9780567043740

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In this illuminating study, Kathy Ehrensperger looks at the question of Paul’s use of power and authority as an apostle who understands himself as called to proclaim the Gospel among the gentiles. Ehrensperger examines the broad range of perspectives on how this use of power should be evaluated. These range from the traditional interpretation of unquestioned Apostolic authority, to a feminist interpretation. She examines whether or not Paul’s use of power presents an open or hidden reinscription of hierarchical structures in what was previously a discipleship of equals. Paul and the Dynamics of Power questions whether such hierarchical tendencies are correctly identified within Paul’s discourse of power. Furthermore it considers whether these are inherently and necessarily expressions of domination and are thus in opposition to a “discipleship of equals?” In her careful analysis, Ehrensperger draws on such wide-ranging figures as Derrida, Michel Foucault, and James Scott. This enables fresh insights into Paul’s use of authority and power in its first century context.

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“any possible context as always carrying the meaning of power-over or of domination cannot be maintained.8” (Page 18)

  • Title: Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement
  • Author: Kathy Ehrensperger
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Volume: 325
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Paul, the Apostle, Saint; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Power (Christian theology); Christianity and politics › History; Church history › Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
  • ISBNs: 9780567043740, 0567043746
  • Resource ID: LLS:PLDYNMCSPWRCMMN
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:14:19Z

Kathy Ehrensperger studied theology at the Universities of Basel and Berne, and was a pastor for sixteen years in Switzerland. She is currently a Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

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