Remembering Paul (Hardcover)

Ancient and Modern Contests Over the Image of the Apostle

By Benjamin L. White

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780199370276, 376pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2014

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Who was Paul of Tarsus? Radical visionary of a new age? Gender-liberating progressive? Great defender of orthodoxy? In Remembering Paul, Benjamin L. White offers a critique of early Christian claims about the "real" Paul in the second century C.E.--a period in which apostolic memory was highly contested--and sets these ancient contests alongside their modern counterpart: attempts to rescue the "historical" Paul from his "canonical" entrapments. White charts the rise and fall of various narratives about Paul and argues that Christians of the second century had no access to the "real" Paul. Through the selection, combination, and interpretation of pieces of a diverse earlier layer of the Pauline tradition, Christians defended images of the Apostle that were important for forming collective identity.

About the Author

Benjamin L. White is Assistant Professor of Religion at Clemson University where he specializes in ancient and modern interpretations of the New Testament, the reconstruction of Christian origins, and the development of early Christianities. He received a Ph.D. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.