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Spirit and Letter in Paul

Studies in Bible & Early Christianity v. 33

By (author) Arthur J. Dewey
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 29th Feb 1996
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 077349703X
ISBN-13: 9780773497030
Barcode No: 9780773497030
This critical investigation places Paul's contribution to this conceptual dialectic within the cultural and political debate of the ancient world. Employing a variety of exegetical lenses, including rhetorical analysis, Dewey explores the historical as well as conceptual drama of St Paul, beginning with Galatians 3. After a detailed exploration which presents the interpretive options for spirit and letter in the ancient world, Dewey moves on to II Corinthians 3 as he reveals Paul's radical political speech. Finally, in an analysis of Romans 2-3, 7-8, Dewey discloses the communal and cosmic dimensions of Paul's developing thought. The entire investigation is itself a hermeneutical experience, demonstrating that theology is more than a static reproduction, and inviting the reader to discover what has been long silenced in the Pauline texts.

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