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Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own… (original 2011; udgave 2010)

af Sarah Ruden (Forfatter)

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In Paul Among the People, Sarah Ruden explores the writings of the evangelist Paul in the context of his time and culture, to recover his original message of freedom and love while overturning the common--and fundamental--misconception that Paul represented a puritanical, hysterically homophobic, misogynist, or reactionary vision.                By setting famous and controversial words of Paul against ancient Greek and Roman literature, Ruden reveals a radical message of human freedom and dignity at the heart of Paul's preaching. Her training in the Classics allows her to capture the stark contrast between Paul's Christianity and the violence, exploitation, and dehumanization permeating the Roman Empire in his era. In contrast to later distortions, the vision of Christian life Ruden finds in Paul is centered on equality before God and the need for people to love one another.   A remarkable work of scholarship, synthesis, and understanding, Paul Among the People recaptures the moral urgency and revolutionary spirit that made Christianity such a shock to the ancient world and laid the foundation of the culture in which we live today.… (mere)
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Titel:Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time
Forfattere:Sarah Ruden (Forfatter)
Info:Pantheon (2010), Edition: 1, 240 pages
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Another Look at Paul the Apostle
Review of the Image paperback edition (2011) of the original Pantheon hardcover (2010)

I very much enjoyed the readability and the plain modern day language of Sarah Ruden's recent translation of The Gospels (2021). That was enough for me to want to explore several of her other translation works of which I have now located several via the library. Paul Among the People is the earliest among her now several Bible related translations and works. It is also the most popular of her works listed in Goodreads.

Paul Among the People is not a complete translation of the New Testament books that are attributed to Paul, but instead concentrates on a selection of quotes. Paul has historically been credited as the author of up to 14 out of the 27 books in the New Testament, although only 6 or 7 of those are now considered certain. That still represents anything from about 20 to 30% of the writing*. Whichever number it is, it is still a large proportion from a single individual.

Paul the Apostle Saul of Tarsus (c 5 AD to c 64/67 AD) is significant as one of the earliest proselytizers of Christianity who began to shape it as a faith separate from Judaism. Born a Jew, he was a Pharisee in Jerusalem who persecuted the followers of the early Christian cult until he was famously converted on the road to Damascus. He proceeded to travel throughout the Mediterranean world and founded various Christian communities. His letters or epistles to each of these form the books of the bible that are attributed to him (e.g. Romans, Corinthians 1 & 2, etc.). These letters predate the estimated writing of the Gospels (c 70 to 110 AD), so are among the earliest Christian writings. He has been assumed to be martyred in Rome circa 64 AD during Emperor Nero's persecution of Christians**.

Ruden's thesis, as expressed in the book's synopsis, is to correct the "misconception that Paul represented a puritanical, hysterically homophobic, misogynist, or reactionary vision" and instead to present "a radical message of human freedom and dignity at the heart of Paul’s preaching." The heart of this argument is based on Ruden's attempts to contextualize the original meanings of the Hebrew or Koine Greek words in the New Testament and to also present them in their historical framing of their Greco-Roman times.

I am approaching these books more out of an interest in learning about the context of translation and not as any sort of Christian scholar. I am finding all of Ruden's work to be fascinating for this reason.

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* The percentages are my approximations and are based on information from here and here.

** See more about Nero's persecutions here. ( )
  alanteder | May 3, 2021 |
Confused about Paul's statements on sex, adultery and fornication among other things, this book explains the culture and language use of the day in Greek and Roman society and Paul's responses to that era in our 21st language and interpretation thereof. Very interesting read of an otherwise dull and overworked topic. A Fresh and easy to read reinterpretation. ( )
  QRM | Mar 6, 2021 |
A very interesting and somewhat incomplete but still helpful understanding of the culture that Paul was a part of and was writing to. The author makes some leaps, some logical and some more emotional. Some of the translations go on too long but one can skip them without losing the point.

I recommend this book, but be ready for more than a couple of side-trips. Enough interesting stuff to actually make me wonder if the author will ever write her biography.

Interestingly this would have been a 3-star review, except that in the last section the author actually addresses every concern I had while reading the book. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
Sara Rudden compares Paul to ancient Greek and Roman writers to show what he meant to the Gentiles he preached to. She examines modern criticisms of Paul had shows how they distort his original meaning.
  PendleHillLibrary | Sep 29, 2014 |
A very readable look at Paul's writings in the context of Roman society and literature. ( )
  castiron | May 10, 2013 |
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In Paul Among the People, Sarah Ruden explores the writings of the evangelist Paul in the context of his time and culture, to recover his original message of freedom and love while overturning the common--and fundamental--misconception that Paul represented a puritanical, hysterically homophobic, misogynist, or reactionary vision.                By setting famous and controversial words of Paul against ancient Greek and Roman literature, Ruden reveals a radical message of human freedom and dignity at the heart of Paul's preaching. Her training in the Classics allows her to capture the stark contrast between Paul's Christianity and the violence, exploitation, and dehumanization permeating the Roman Empire in his era. In contrast to later distortions, the vision of Christian life Ruden finds in Paul is centered on equality before God and the need for people to love one another.   A remarkable work of scholarship, synthesis, and understanding, Paul Among the People recaptures the moral urgency and revolutionary spirit that made Christianity such a shock to the ancient world and laid the foundation of the culture in which we live today.

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