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T&T Clark Michael F. Bird Collection (2 vols.)

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Bloomsbury 2013

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Overview

Document the linguistic, historical, and theological connections between the Pauline corpus and the Gospels, and explore how the intertwining of those distinct genres came to be interpreted by Christian thinkers in the years that immediately followed the apostolic era. Edited by distinguished scholar Michael Bird, these two volumes of collected essays feature some of the world’s pre-eminent and most prolific scholars. They zoom in on specific, narrow topics that directly impact how we read the New Testament and how we understand the emergence of Christianity as a unified and coherent religion in its nascent years. A pointed topic of debate in recent years, these volumes employ sound historical and biblical scholarship to help students of the New Testament navigate the complex issues involved establishing the nature of early Christian thought.

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Key Features

  • Documents key connection between the Pauline corpus and the Gospels
  • Sheds light on the development and coherence of early Christian theology
  • Addresses a key point of debate with narrowly focused essays and cutting-edge scholarship

Product Details

Individual Titles

Paul and the Second Century

  • Editors: Michael F. Bird and Joseph R. Dodson
  • Series: The Library of New Testament Studies (JSNTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 288

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume looks at the imprint and influence that Paul’s writings had in the second century by examining the Pauline corpus in relationship to key second century figures, texts, and events. As such, this volume is an exercise in the Wirkungsgeschichte or “effective-history” of Paul. It investigates the impact of Paul’s legacy and examines how this legacy shaped the Christianity that emerged in the second century as represented by the Apostolic Fathers, the early Christian Apologists, and Gnostic groups. The contributors are experts in their respective areas. Each contributor in turn examines how a given document or group reflects the influence of Paul’s life, letters, and theology and the various and even competing ways in which Paul’s legacy may be seen to have been appropriated. As such, this is the first volume to present an extended juxtaposition of Paul’s thought with such a wide selection of writings from the second century.

Essays and Contributors

  • Paul and the Pauline Letter Collection by Stanley E. Porter
  • Ministry, Martyrdom & Other Mysteries: Pauline Influence on Ignatius of Antioch by Carl Smith
  • Paul and Polycarp by Michael W. Holmes
  • The Reception of Paul in the Epistle to Diogenetus by Michael F. Bird
  • Shadow and Light: Marcion’s (Mis)Construal of the Apostle Paul by Todd D. Still
  • Justin and Paul by Paul Foster
  • Paul and Valentinian Interpretation by Nicholas Perrin
  • Paul and Jewish Christians in the Second Century by Joel Willits
  • The Acts of Paul and the Legacy of Paul by Andrew Gregory
  • Paul and Irenaeus by Ben Blackwell
  • Tertullian - Paul as Teacher of the Gentile Churches by Andrew M. Bain
  • Paul and Women in Second Century Christianity Pauline by Nigh Hogan
  • The Triumph of Paulinism by the Mid-Third Century by Mark W. Elliot

Praise for the Print Edition

The substantial contribution of many of the essays in this volume comes in documenting which aspects of Pauline thought and which texts influenced with second-century church father in what way.

—Tom Wilson, Anvil

Joseph R. Dodson is assistant professor of biblical studies at the Ouachita Baptist University.

Paul and the Gospels: Christologies, Conflicts, and Convergences

  • Editors: Michael F. Bird and Joel Willitts
  • Series: The Library of New Testament Studies (JSNTS)
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 288

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume, which collects together the work of several established scholars, attempts to situate the Apostle Paul, the Pauline writings, and the earliest Christian Gospels together in the context of early Christianity. It addresses the issue of how the Christianity depicted in and represented by the individual Gospels relates to the vision of Christianity represented by Paul and the Pauline writings. This raises such questions as to what extent did Paul influenced the canonical and non-canonical Gospels? In what way are the Gospels reactions to Paul and his legacy? A comparison of the Gospels and Paul on topics such as Old Testament Law, Gentile mission, Christology, and early church leadership structures represents a fruitful area of study. While a number of volumes have appeared that attempt to assess the relationship between the historical Jesus and the Apostle Paul, relatively few studies on Paul and the Gospels have been published. This volume excellently fills this gap in New Testament studies and makes a valuable contribution to studies on Christian origins, Pauline research, and the Gospels.

Contributors

  • Mark, Paul and the Question of Influences by James G. Crossley
  • Mark: Interpreter of Peter and Disciple of Paul by Michael F. Bird
  • Paul and Matthew: A descriptive approach From A Post-New Perspective Interpretive Framework by Joel Willitts
  • Paul and Matthew: Two Strands of the Early Jesus Movement with Little Sign of Connection by Paul Foster
  • Luke and Paul on Repentance by David Morlan
  • Luke: Companion or Disciple of Paul? by Stanley E. Porter
  • Kyrios Christos: Johannine and Pauline Perspectives on the Christ Event by Mark Harding
  • Paul and John: Two Witnesses, One Gospel by Colin Kruse
  • The Gospel of Thomas's Rejection of Paul's Theological Ideas by Christopher W. Skinner
  • Death and the Human Predicament, Salvation as Transformation, and Bodily Practices in 1 Corinthians and the Gospel of Thomas by Joshua W. Jipp

Joel Willitts is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University in Chicago.