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A Christian Utopia: Paul’s Community of Equality and Justice by Stephen J. Gaudet PDF

By Stephen J. Gaudet

ISBN-10: 1532601611

ISBN-13: 9781532601613

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ISBN-13: 9781532601637

within the first century of the typical period, the Romans may possibly boast of being the main pious society within the identified global. They possessed a hugely established societal association with a well-defined hierarchy the place every person knew their position and the non-public and interpersonal tasks linked therewith. It used to be understood that their good fortune used to be due largely to preserving a dating with the gods. but even as, social inequality and shortage of justice for its individuals used to be ubiquitous and only a part of the cloth of that society. Into this milieu steps Saul of Tarsus, later referred to as the Apostle Paul. dependent upon the genuine corpus of Paul, a brand new utopian society was once envisaged--a society in keeping with equality and justice for all, not only for the elite. This eschatological neighborhood is in sharp distinction with Imperial Rome. Following the demise of Paul, writers invoking Paul's authority by way of claiming that their texts have been authored via the apostle himself, endured writing letters to numerous Christian groups. although, their texts differed in major methods from Paul's imaginative and prescient. but those corrupted texts have survived and prompted the advance of Christianity for 2 millennia. it truly is central to retrieve the genuine imaginative and prescient of Paul for an international in critical desire of that eschatological vision.

"A Christian Utopia is a daring new version of Paul's egalitarian imaginative and prescient, set opposed to the iron backdrop of hierarchical Roman society. Gaudet succeeds in conveying the unconventional personality of Paul's test via differential comparability with Roman resources, dependent upon his distinctive wisdom of the social and ideological mechanisms of Roman strength . . . . Gaudet's retrieval of Paul's imaginative and prescient is a prophetic problem to the twenty-first-century regime of inequality and the complacency of the institutional church."
--Laurence L. Welborn, Professor of latest Testament and Early Christianity, Fordham University

Dr. Stephen J. Gaudet used to be a Fellow in spiritual reports at Harvard collage the place he studied and accomplished his thesis below the path of Professor Helmut Koester. He additionally has a historical past in technology, incomes levels in biochemistry and undertaking examine on the nationwide Institutes of overall healthiness and has taught on the college point. also, he additionally holds a Juris Doctorate.

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