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Reframing Paul: Conversations in Grace and Community

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The Greco-Roman world was shaped by ideals and abstract ideas. The Apostle Paul left them behind. But they continue to shape evangelical teaching and practice. This picture contradicts the common impression of Paul as an abstract theologian, someone who wrestled with deep theological doctrine while hovering six feet above everyday reality. But in fact, it was the philosoph ...more
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Published October 12th 2000 by IVP Academic
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The most interesting part of this book is the survey of the Greco-Roman world which formed the context of the letters written by St Paul found in the Christian New Testament of the Bible. The author discusses what he calls the social, historical and personal frames of the ancient world and compares these to Paul's. The essential point of the book is that St Paul has been misappropriated by the Christian evangelical movement in developing a structure that is controlling, ideological, and self-per ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Luke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People in Ministry
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too bad he ends up where he does. His critique is great. His prescription is untenable, ultimately. He seems to advocate something like ecclesiological anarchy. Add a hundred years of practice to what he advocates and you end up w/Unitarianism, in my opinion. There is simply no "immune system" in his church.

But we all have lots to learn from this guy. A great read.
Joshua Lenon
The author reframes Paul's writings in the context of his communities in Ephesus and Corinth (among others). We are reminded that theology is not something born out in lecture halls and church services but everyday life. The living out of the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings us into the community God desires for us and into a deeper knowledge of who He is.
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