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The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul


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Kirsopp Lake was a well-known New Testament scholar in his day, teaching at both University of Leyden and Harvard. Dr. Peter Toon writing in Who's Who in Christian History says of Lake, "In the study of Christianity's origins and in New Testament textual criticism, Lake was a pioneer." Today, Lake's work is frequently cited in Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and theological journal articles dealing with Pauline studies.

The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul fills in the background details surrounding Paul's letters to the Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. Lake engages the "literary and critical questions introductory to these letters, concerning their integrity, destination, and history." He also explores the "intricate question of the world of religious thought to which the earliest Gentile Christians belonged—the world of the Hellenistic Mystery Religions."

An interesting tale of how a Logos employee came to acquire this print edition while on a trip to South Africa can be found on his personal blog.

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  • The Outline given in Acts of Events in St. Paul’s Life
  • The Judaistic Controversy, the Gentile Converts, and the Background of Gentile Christianity.
  • The Epistles to the Thessalonians
  • Corinth
  • The Epistle to the Galatians
  • The Epistle to the Romans
  • Conclusion

Product Details

  • Title: The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul: Their Motive and Origin
  • Author: Kirsopp Lake
  • Publisher: Rivingtons
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 466

Kirsopp Lake (1872–1946) was born in England. He was a New Testament scholar, curate, and archaeologist with an interest in New Testament textual criticism, theology, archaeology, and Greek palaeography. Lake was professor of New Testament exegesis and early Christian literature at the University of Leiden from 1904 to 1914 and the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School.

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