Paul the Jewish Theologian reveals Saul of Tarsus as a man who, though rejected in the synagogue, never truly left Judaism. Author Brad Young disagrees with long-held notions that Hellenism was the context which most influenced Paul’s communication of the gospel. This skewed notion has led to widely divergent interpretations of Paul’s writings. A correct interpretation of Paul can only be achieved by rightly aligning Paul as rooted in his Jewishness and training as a Pharisee. Young asserts that Paul’s view of the Torah was always positive, and he separates Jesus’ mission among the Jews from Paul’s call to the Gentiles.
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- Examines Paul’s life and teachings through a cultural and historical context
- Discusses Paul’s relationship with Judaism and Hellenism
- Debates what Paul was really like as a human
- Paul the Jewish Theologian
- Pentecost, the Nations of the World, and the Apostle Paul
- Judaism and Christianity: Diverse Perspectives on Torah
- The Torah: Roots of Grace and Faith in Paul’s Message
- Torah: The Dead Letter or the Living Word?
- The Transcendence of Torah in Paul’s Teachings
- Love as the Foundation of Christian Ministry: The Model of 1 Corinthians 13
- The Essence of Paul’s Jewish Faith
- Seven Pillars of Paul’s Jewish Theology
Praise for the Print Edition
The Pharisee Saul of Tarsus is arguably one of the most influential religious figures in the history of Western culture. . . . Brad Young is one of the important theologians who is leading the way for Christians to explore the Jewish roots of Jesus, Paul, and Christianity. . . . Brad Young has endeavored to excavate Paul’s Pharisaic roots for all to examine, while at the same time leaving the family tree firmly planted and continuing to grow.
—Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Appleman Chair of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Brad Young offers an extremely well-informed, insightful study of Paul as a Jewish theologian. . . . Among the many important qualities Brad Young gained from his years of study from Jewish scholars is a love for and an almost exclusive focus upon the text, what it actually says and does not say; and this perspective has led him to some new, important, and sometimes ‘unorthodox’ conclusions.
—Cheryl Anne Brown, consultant, Theological Assistance Group, European Baptist Federation
- Title: Paul the Jewish Theologian: A Pharisee among Christians, Jews, and Gentiles
- Author: Brad H. Young
- Publisher: Baker Academic
- Publication Date: 1995
- Pages: 192
About Brad H. Young
Brad H. Young is an associate professor of Judaic-Christian studies in the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. He has devoted much energy to Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue. Young is the author of many books, including The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation, Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus, and Jesus the Jewish Theologian.