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Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ: His Life and Works, His Epistles and Teachings Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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From the Inside Flap
"One hundred and sixty years ago F. C. Baur posed, in inescapably sharp form, a question which has haunted Christianity throughout its history: is Christianity simply a form of Judaism, a development from Judaism, or was it, as Baur argued, from the beginning something quite distinct, a religious spirit or consciousness which could not be or become itself until it broke through the limits and restrictions of its historical origins? Baurs radical answer set the agenda for the rest of the nineteenth century, and though neglected for most of the twentieth century, the question has reemerged with renewed force in a post-Holocaust world. Baurs continues to be an important voice in the resulting debate."
James D. G. Dunn, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham
"It will be extremely helpful to New Testament critics to have F. C. Baurs influential work on Paullong out of print and often no longer even available on most theological library shelvesconveniently at hand. Baurs application of Hegels dialectical theories to the writings of Paul profoundly shaped the discourse of his mid-nineteenth century German contemporaries, including that of those who sought to challenge certain aspects of his interpretation. They did not escape the powerful force of his conceptualization of the world, including a deeply negative evaluation of the Oriental spirit (i.e., Judaism and Jewishness), which was central to his project. The legacy of these developmentsthe so-called Tübingen schoolhas deeply influenced NT studies (and arguably world history) ever since, and continues to assert its influence on the interpretation of Pauls voice to this day, although often now in unrecognized ways. With the availability of this edition, that is about to change. Thank you, Hendrickson Publishers!"
Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., The Galatians Debate, The Irony of Galatians, The Mystery of Romans
"Perhaps the most influential book of nineteenth-century New Testament scholarship, Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ offered a novel, breathtaking synthesis of the apostles place in the development of early Christianity. The maverick convert, according to the authentic writings that have survived from his hand, initiated an unprecedented mission to the Gentiles. Pauls championing of justification by faith apart from the works of the Mosaic Law set the stage for a bold confrontation with the Torah-observant followers of Simon Peter, the revered disciple of Jesus Christ. According to F. C. Baur, subsequent generations well into the second century struggled to find a middle ground between these two towering figures, even as subsequent generations in the nineteenth century and beyond would grapple with Baurs own reconstruction of early Christianity based strictly on reason. In seeking the authentic writings of Paul, the generative center of his thought, the role of the Law and its relationship to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the historical value of the book of Acts, and the views of Pauls opponents, Baurs work set an agenda that continues to dominate modern inquiry."
A. Andrew Das, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religion, Elmhurst College
"The history of Pauline and even New Testament studies is a continuing dialogue with the assumptions and conclusions of Ferdinand Christian Baur. No Pauline scholarrecent efforts notwithstandinghas so shaped the set of questions asked of Pauls letters, as did Baur. This is not to say that Baur got it rightfar from it. He was no doubt wrong, and sometimes quite wrong, on a number of crucial issues in each of the areas that he so significantly influenced. Nevertheless, his legacy regarding the influence of fundamental conflicts in the early church, and the need for critical rather than simply theological scrutiny of the letters, is still of importance as we continue to study Pauls letters in the context of the New Testament and early Christianity."
Stanley E. Porter, President, Dean, and Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College
About the Author
Ferdinand Christian Baur (17921860), church historian and New Testament scholar, was a Professor of Church History and Dogmatics, Tübingen.
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This GIANT figure of Christianity mapped out and launched this 'new Religion which guided MAN, with the sustaining faithfulness of his contemporary followers along with those who followed after his leadership, and gave the assurance that those who preached JESUS' Gospel as Paul instructed would, indeed, change the world! Great book!