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    James W. Aageson
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Paul the Person, Paul the Personage. The Pastorals and the Questions of Genre and Audience. 2 The Pastoral Epistles and Their Theological Patterns.

Paul the Person, Paul the Personage. History, Epistolary Text, and Context. The Argument and Approach. Comparison of Patterns. Canon and Early Church. Argument and Contribution. From the Greco-Roman Household to the Household of God. The Household of God. God, Godliness, and Salvation. Truth, Sound Teaching, and Faith. Qualities and Instructions Appropriate for Members of the Household of God.

James W. Aageson is professor of religion and chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He specializes in the study of early Judaism, Paul, and the history of the early church. He has traveled and studied widely in the countries where Christianity first developed. Stanley E. Porter is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Canada

series Library of Pauline Studies.

series Library of Pauline Studies. Among the many intriguing issues generated by the historical Paul, his New Testament letters, and early church history is the question, what happened to Paul after Paul? Whether we think in terms of the reception of Paul's theology, or the ongoing legacy of Paul, or early Christian reinterpretation of his letters, the questions persist: what did the early church do with Paul's memory? How did it reshape his theology? And what role did his letters come to play in the life of the church?

More by James W. Aageson. Written Also for Our Sake: Paul and the Art of Biblical Interpretation. Windows on Early Christianity.

Paul's influence on the history of Christian life and theology is as profound as it is pervasive. A brief survey of almost twenty centuries of Christian thought and practice will confirm the enduring importance of Paul for the life of the church in the Roman and Protestant traditions of the West as well as the Orthodox traditions of the East. More by James W.

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It was a time when Paul's reputation and importance to the church were being reinforced and when his epistles were gaining the authority that would ensure their place in the sacred library of Christianity

It was a time when Paul's reputation and importance to the church were being reinforced and when his epistles were gaining the authority that would ensure their place in the sacred library of Christianity. It was also the time when the Jesus movement forged itself into Christianity, a process in which Paul played a pivotal role and eventually also became an object of revision and transformation himself. What is virtually indisputable in this process is that Paul, during his lifetime and after, played a critical role in making Christianity what it was to become. Aageson is Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Concordia . Aageson is Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He has also written Written Also for Our Sake: Paul and the Art of Biblical Interpretation Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church - eBook (9781441241665) by James W.

Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church (Library of Pauline Studies) by James W.

The Pastoral Letters are among the most reviled and denigrated books in the NT and Frances Young reminds the reader of that often when attempting to mine the theology from these documents.

Library of Pauline Studies James Aageson's monograph is a welcome entry into this fray. Using the Pastoral Epistles as his point of entry, he hopes to shed some light on this broad and complex discussion.

Library of Pauline Studies. From Elaine Pagel's Gnostic Gospels to Dan Brown's DaVinci Code (and the many "discoveries" and associated "documentaries" stirred up in their wakes), the present moment has spawned a near-renaissance of interest in the early development of Christianity. James Aageson's monograph is a welcome entry into this fray.

Beyond the Pastoral Epistles, Aageson dispels the notion that Paul was important in the second and third centuries .

Beyond the Pastoral Epistles, Aageson dispels the notion that Paul was important in the second and third centuries primarily for heretics, who forced him on the rest of the church. Aageson uses his broad knowledge of the post-apostolic church and his multiplex approach to demonstrate how images of Paul were important for a wide cross-section of the church. This fascinating book provides a different approach to the Pastoral Epistles and fresh insights into their place in the history of the church and early Christian literature. This is a book that I truly enjoyed reading, especially for its fresh approach and numerous insights.

Paul's influence on the history of Christian life and theology is as profound as it is pervasive. A brief survey of almost twenty centuries of Christian thought and practice will confirm the enduring importance of Paul for the life of the church in the Roman and Protestant traditions of the West as well as the Orthodox traditions of the East. Even as Christianity, at the dawn of its third millennium, has become increasingly global and traditions have come to develop and intersect in new and complex ways, Paul's place in the story of Christianity remains deeply rooted in the church's theology, worship, and pastoral life. In both past and present, Paul's influence on the Christian church can hardly be overestimated.

Among the many intriguing issues generated by the historical Paul, his New Testament letters, and early church history is the question, what happened to Paul after Paul? Whether we think in terms of the reception of Paul's theology, or the ongoing legacy of Paul, or early Christian reinterpretation of his letters, the questions persist: what did the early church do with Paul's memory? How did it reshape his theology? And what role did his letters come to play in the life of the church?

The focus of the present discussion is in the early decades and centuries of Christianity, a time when the memory and legacy of Paul came to serve varied and often competing interests in the emerging church. It was a time when Paul's reputation and importance to the church were being reinforced and when his epistles were gaining the authority that would ensure their place in the sacred library of Christianity. It was also the time when the Jesus movement forged itself into Christianity, a process in which Paul played a pivotal role and eventually also became an object of revision and transformation himself. What is virtually indisputable in this process is that Paul, during his lifetime and after, played a critical role in making Christianity what it was to become.

The Library of Pauline Studies The Library of Pauline Studies has volumes that examine an aspect of Pauline studies that has garnered special interest, to explain it to a novice--whether a biblical scholar who is not familiar with Paul in particular, or to a student. The idea is to present a survey of the issues, it's main controversies and arguments, and then to offer some new perspective or voice into the conversation.


Yar
Interesting perspective on the Pastoral epistles. Very academic; informative of a liberal/critical perspective.
Konetav
Aageson is adept at circling a topic but never entering it. I gave up. I'll keep it in case I run out of anything else to do.
Dddasuk
The book is interesting largely because of its unusual approach. Aageson seeks to locate the Pastoral Epistles within the trajectory of Pauline theology as it develops after the death of Paul. His approach is based on comparing theological patterns in different texts and noting their similarities and differences. He does this to map the emergence of what he terms "Paul the Personage" from "Paul the Person."

"In terms of the construction of Paul's image in the early church, Anthony Blasi's argument about charisma [emphasis original] is important. He argues that charisma is bigger than an individual and the person who has charisma is not only a "person" but a "personage." The term "person," according to Blasi, refers to a historical individual, whereas the term "personage" refers to an individual's public and charismatic persona constructed in the minds of other people. For a person to maintain charisma and continue to be a personage, his or her charisma must be constructed anew for each generation." (pg. 8)

Aageson's book takes a long look at the texts and authors that come after Paul to see how Paul is understood and reconstructed in these texts. He begins with the Pastoral Epistles, and he sketches out the theological motifs which seem to dominate each individual letter of the PE (for example: suffering in 2 Timothy). He doesn't start with the assumption that these texts are pseudepigraphal, but rather he prefers to locate their place in this Pauline trajectory by exploring two lines of inquiry.

First, Aageson examines the relationship of the three PE to each other. He does this by comparing the theological pictures he outlined in the previous chapter letter to letter. I was particularly pleased that Aageson highlights the way 2 Timothy is significantly different in theological approach and exhortation from 1 Timothy and Titus. The parallels between 1 Timothy and Titus are quite apparent: household codes, instructions about leaders, concern with external appearances for the sake of evangelism. On this basis, Aageson suggests that 2 Timothy has a different author than 1 Timothy and Titus.

Second, and this is where the book is really interesting, Aageson chooses the undisputed Pauline text most similar to each Pastoral Epistle to compare the theological patterns within. He compares 2 Timothy to Philippians based on the parallels in style noted by Stowers, 1 Timothy to 1 Corinthians based on similar observations from Luke Johnson, and Titus and Galatians based on their address of Judaism. I won't go into detail about his conclusions, but he ultimately concludes that the PE are not written by Paul. Given his previous conclusion that 2 Timothy was written by a different author from 1 Timothy and Titus, Aageson then argues that 2 Timothy represents an earlier appropriation of Paul than 1 Timothy and Titus. By highlighting the differences between 2 Timothy and the undisputed Paulines and then between 2 Timothy and the rest of the PE, Aageson begins to outline a trajectory of Pauline appropriation.

Aageson continues to trace this trajectory through the earliest Christian documents. I could say quite a bit about this part of the book especially, but for brevity I'll just relate what texts he chooses to examine. Aageson starts by making comparisons between images of Paul in the PE and the Book of Acts. Following this, he compares the theology of the PE with the Deutero-Pauline epistles. Having exhausted his canonical comparisons, Aageson embarks on a series of comparisons with Early Church Fathers. Starting with the Apostolic Fathers Ignatius, Polycarp, and Clement, then proceeding with a who's who of early Christian thinkers, he covers the likes of Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Hippolytus, Tertullian, Cyprian of Carthage, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen. He highlights the way "Paul receded into history" in the Apostolic Fathers and how his writings slowly and steadily moved from authoritative apostolic witness in the second century to divine writ in the third and fourth.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fascinating discussion of the Acts of Paul and Thecla and their relationship to the PE. For those not familiar, the Acts of Paul and Thecla tell the story of a young woman who hears Paul preach and as a result puts off marriage to go about the work of evangelism. Thecla is the earliest text to exhibit the trend which develops in the early church of viewing chaste women as the equals or near-equals of men. It takes a somewhat negative view of marriage which has lead to differing theories about its relationship to the PE. Some scholars argue that the PE and the Acts of Paul and Thecla represent two schools of post-Pauline thought who both seek to appropriate Paul against the other. Other scholars see the Acts of Paul and Thecla as dependent on 2 Timothy (a position advocated by Richard Bauckham). The whole discussion is a positively fascinating look at the development of the personage of Paul in post-apostolic communities.

All in the all, I don't know if I can really buy into the conclusions of Aageson, mostly because they are predicated on a certain understanding of the PE. I'm still on the fence about authorship, so the force of Aageson's arguments are ultimately greatly reduced. Even so, the book makes a fantastic introduction to the way Paul and his letters have been viewed throughout history. It is a bit like a reception-historical study but focused on a person rather than a specific text. Aageson can be wordy and dry at times, but the uniqueness of the subject matter and approach more than make up for it. Read it, and you most likely won't regret it.