Pauline Christianity as a Stoic Interpretation of Judaism

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dc.contributor.author Coad, Diotima
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-22T22:50:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-27T11:22:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-04-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4538
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the social context of the Apostle Paul and the communities to which he preached with the aim of showing that early Pauline Christianity was shaped by a social milieu that included: first, a Greco-Roman and particularly Stoic philosophy, second, a universalizing Jewish movement and third, an overarching Roman political framework. Paul’s philosophy was built on a foundation of Judaism, interpreted with the tools of Stoic philosophy, and communicated to a largely Roman audience. Chapter One presents the figure of Paul as a Jew and Roman citizen with a Greek education, a product of three cultural worlds. Chapter Two argues that through allegory, Paul replaced Jewish nationalistic and ethnocentric aspects with symbolic ones, and communicated its ethical core with Stoic language and concepts to a primarily Roman audience. Chapter Three examines this audience and determines that they were largely Roman citizens who were both steeped in the prevalent philosophy of the time, Stoicism, as well as being associated with the Jewish community as sympathizers, God-fearers, or “Highest-God” worshippers, as a result of the popular Judaizing movement in the first century. Through the study of Paul, his letters, and his audience, this thesis argues that Pauline Christianity was, at its core, a Stoic interpretation of Judaism. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Paul en_US
dc.subject Christianity en_US
dc.subject Stoics en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.title Pauline Christianity as a Stoic Interpretation of Judaism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Rowe, Greg
dc.contributor.supervisor Cameron, Margaret
dc.degree.department Dept. of Greek and Roman Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0579 en_US

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