ISBN : 9780199370276
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 contestedand sets these ancient contests alongside their modern counterpart: attempts to rescue the historical Paul from his canonical entrapments. Examining numerous early Christian sources, White argues that Christians of the second century had no access to the real Paul. Rather, they possessed mediations of Paul as a personaidealized images transmitted in the context of communal memories of the Apostle. 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. As products of memory, images of Paul exhibit unique mixtures of continuity with and change from the past. Ancient discourses on the real Paul, thus, like their modern counterparts, are problematic. Through a host of exclusionary practices, the real Paul, whose authoritative persona carries authority as the first window into Christianity, was and continues to be invoked as a wedge to gain traction for the conservation of ideology.
I. Introducing "Paul"
II. Capturing Paul: F.C. Baur and the Rise of the Pauline Captivity Narrative
III. Re-Imagining Paul: Recent Portrayals of "Paul in the Second Century"
IV. Remembering Paul: Pauline Memory Traditions into the Second Century
V. Reclaiming Paul: The Image of Paul n 3 Corinthians
VI. Expounding Paul: The Image of Paul in Irenaeus' Adversus Haereses
VII. Practicing Paul
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Subjects
Index of Modern Scholars