Chapters in a Life of Paul

Chapters in a Life of Paul

Chapters in a Life of Paul

Chapters in a Life of Paul

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This book is concerned with the life of Paul as distinguished from his thought, but it is not a "life of Paul." Rather it is an attempt to deal with a few of the problems which a writer of such a life would have to consider, either as preliminary to, or in the course of, his work. Although some of the questions it treats are of the greatest importance for the study of Paul's life, I would not for a moment claim that all of them together are the most important questions that could be asked. A number of the most basic and difficult problems are hardly mentioned--for example, the historical and sociological background of Paul's career. The questions are those, important and less important, on which I have ventured to hope I might have something useful to say.

The hypothesis concerning the chronology of Paul's career in Chapters III-V was originally stated in two articles of mine appearing in the Journal of Religion (XVI, 341 ff.) and the Journal of Biblical Literature (LVIII, 15 ff.). The invitation to deliver the Quillian Lectures at Emory University in January of 1949 afforded an opportunity to give it a fuller, quite fresh, and, I believe, more persuasive statement in connection with new studies in the life of Paul. Out of these lectures has grown this book.

Ever since I went to Emory University as a student nearly thirty years ago, I have owed her more than I can ever repay. Now my debt has been greatly increased. I deeply appreciate the honor of being asked to give the Quillian Lectures and shall always remember gratefully the many courtesies shown me by the officers and faculty of the university.

John Knox . . .

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