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The mysticism of Paul the apostle Hardcover – 1960
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[The book's] fourteen chapters deal with the distinctive character of Pauline mysticism, wheter it was Hellenistic or Judaic, the Pauline epistles, the eschatological doctrine of redemption,... and the permanent elements in Paul's mysticism.(New Testament Abstracts) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This 1930 book expanded his earlier book, Paul and His Interpreters. He states in the Author's Preface, "My methods have remained old-fashioned, in that I aim at setting forth the ideas of Paul in their historically conditioned form... Just because Paul's mystical doctrine of Christ has more to say to us when it speaks to us in the fire of its primitive-Christian, eschatological, manner of thought than when it is paraphrased into the language of modern orthodoxy or modern unorthodoxy, I believe I am serving in this work the cause not only of sound learning but also of religious needs."
He writes, "The fundamental thought of Pauline mysticism runs thus: I am in Christ; in Him I know myself as a being who is raised above this sensuous, sinful, and transient world and already belongs to the transcendent; in Him I am assured of resurrection; in Him I am a Child of God."
He concludes on the note, "In the hearts in which Paul's mysticism of union with Christ is alive there is also an unquenchable yearning for the Kingdom of God, but also consolation for the fact that we do not see its fulfillment. Three things make up the power of Paul's thought. There belongs to it a depth and reality, which lay their spell upon us; the ardour of the early days of the Christian faith kindles our own; a direct experience of Christ as the Lord of the Kingdom of God speaks from it, exciting us to follow the same path."
No one should agree with any scholarly book wholesale, and no reader who is patient enough with Schweitzer's book to understand him well will agree with everything he wrote. But the reader may never think of Paul in quite the same way again. And that is the making of a classic!