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Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy
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Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy


Fortress Press 2013

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One of the remarkable developments in the contemporary study of Paul is the interest he has drawn from European philosophers. This collection, edited by Peter Frick, compiles insights from leading scholars on the relationships between philosophers—including Nietzsche, Derrida, Heidegger, and Badiou—and the thinking of Paul. The pieces in this text make an often elusive discussion accessible to those not conversant in the complexities of European philosophy. Paul In the Grip of the Philosophers provides a valuable opportunity to dive into how Paul is interpreted, perceived, and criticized in the web of Western philosophy.

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Key Features

  • Examines the treatment of Paul’s thought by prominent European philosophers
  • Compiles texts form leading modern scholars
  • Makes an often elusive discussion accessible to those without a philosophical background


  • What Is at Stake?
  • Nietzsche: The Archetype of Pauline Deconstruction
  • Heidegger on the Apostle Paul
  • Paul of the Gaps: Agamben, Benjamin, and the Puppet Player
  • Jacob Taubes—Paulinist, Messianist
  • Circumcising the Word: Derrida as a Reader of Paul
  • Gianni Vattimo and Saint Paul: Ontological Weakening, Kenosis, and Secularity
  • Badiou’s Paul: Founder of Universalism and Theoretician of the Militant
  • Agamben’s Paul: Thinker of the Messianic
  • Mad with the Love of Undead Life: Understanding Paul and Žižek
  • The Philosopher’s Paul and the Churches


Product Details

  • Title: Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Editor: Peter Frick
  • Series: Paul in Critical Contexts
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 274

About Peter Frick

Peter Frick is associate professor and academic dean at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo. He also wrote A Handbook of New Testament Greek Grammar and A Dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Collected Essays. He also edited Bonhoeffer’s Intellectual Formation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Meditation and Prayer, and Bonhoeffer and Interpretive Theory: Essays on Methods and Understanding. Frick is a member of SBL, AAR, the international Bonhoeffer Society and a member of the editorial board responsible for the publication of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works.

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