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A. Andrew Das

A. Andrew Das is a professor of religious studies at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Galatians (2014), Solving the Romans Debate (Fortress Press, 2007), Paul and the Jews (2003), and Paul, the Law and the Covenant (2001). 

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Much recent scholarship on Paul has searched for implicit narratives behind Paul's scriptural allusions. A. Andrew Das reviews six proposals for "grand thematic narratives" behind the logic of Galatians: the covenant; the influx of nations to Zion; Isaac's near sacrifice; the Spirit as cloud in the wilderness; the Exodus; and the imperial cult. Das weighs each of these proposals exegetically and finds them wanting, examples of what Samuel Sandmel famously labeled "parallelomania." Das reflects on the risks of seeking comprehensive stories behind Paul's letters and offers a path forward. 

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June 1, 2016

Much recent scholarship on Paul has searched for implicit narratives behind Paul's scriptural allusions. A. Andrew Das reviews six proposals for "grand thematic narratives" behind the logic of Galatians: the covenant; the influx of nations to Zion; Isaac's near sacrifice; the Spirit as cloud in the wilderness; the Exodus; and the imperial cult. Das weighs each of these proposals exegetically and finds them wanting, examples of what Samuel Sandmel famously labeled "parallelomania." Das reflects on the risks of seeking comprehensive stories behind Paul's letters and offers a path forward. 

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January 17, 2007
Scholars have long debated the "double character" of Romans. Why did Paul address a long discussion of Jewish themes to a Gentile audience? Das provides...