Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism

Reading Corinthians and Philippians Within Judaism: The Collected Essays Of Mark D. Nanos, Vol. 4 
Cascade, 2017

Endorsement from the back cover:

“Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism is a convincing exploration into some of Paul’s letters when he is seen as still within his ancestral tradition. Nanos’s essays provide substantive arguments that when combined result in a more historical and persuasive reading of Paul than the traditional Paul of Paulinism. The interpretive insights found here are vital for those concerned about issues of supersessionism.”

J. Brian Tucker, Professor of New Testament, Moody Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Preface | xi

Part I: Corinthians

1 The Polytheist Identity of the “Weak,” and Paul’s Strategy to “Gain” Them: A New Reading of 1 Cor 8:1—11:1 | 3

2 Why the “Weak” in 1 Cor 8–10 Were Not Christ-believers | 36

3 Paul’s Relationship to Torah in Light of His Strategy “to Become Everything to Everyone” (1 Cor 9:19–23) | 52

4 Was Paul a “Liar” for the Gospel? The Case for a New Interpretation of Paul’s “Becoming Everything to Everyone” in 1 Cor 9:19–23 | 93

Part II: Philippians

5 Paul’s Reversal of Jews Calling Gentiles “Dogs” (Phil 3:2): 1600 Years of an Ideological Tale Wagging an Exegetical Dog? | 111

6 Paul’s Polemic in Phil 3 as Jewish-Subgroup Vilification of Local Non-Jewish Cultic and Philosophical Alternatives | 142

Index of Ancient Sources | 193


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