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In his epistles, St. Paul sounded a universalism that has recently been taken up by secular philosophers who do not share his belief in Christ, but who regard his project as centrally important for contemporary political life. The Pauline project -- as they see it -- is the universality of truth, the conviction that what is true is true for everyone, and that the truth should be known by everyone. In this volume, eminent New Testament scholars, historians, and philosophers debate whether Paul's promise can be fulfilled. Is the proper work of reading Paul to reconstruct what he said to his audiences? Is it crucial to retrieve the sense of history from the text? What are the philosophical undercurrents of Paul's message? This scholarly dialogue ushers in a new generation of Pauline studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction Postcards from Paul: Subtraction versus Grafting
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. One: Paul among the Philosophers
  2. p. 25
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  1. 1 St. Paul, Founder of the Universal Subject
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. 2 From Job to Christ: A Paulinian Reading of Chesterton
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. Two: Paul between Jews and Christians
  2. p. 59
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  1. 3 Historical Integrity, Interpretive Freedom: The Philosopher’s Paul and the Problem of Anachronism
  2. pp. 61-73
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  1. 4 Paul between Judaism and Hellenism
  2. pp. 74-90
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  1. 5 The Promise of Teleology, the Constraints of Epistemology, and Universal Vision in Paul
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 6 Paul among the Antiphilosophers; or, Saul among the Sophists
  2. pp. 109-141
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  1. 7 Paul’s Notion of Dunamis: Between the Possible and the Impossible
  2. pp. 142-159
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  1. 8 Concluding Roundtable: St. Paul among the Historians and the Systematizers
  2. pp. 160-184
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 187-195
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