Paul and the Gentiles
Remapping the Apostle's Convictional World
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"Not since E.P. Sander's Paul and Palestinian Judaism has there been such a sustained effort to understand Paul by locating him in his native religion, late Second Temple Judaism. Donaldson constructs Paul's context by looking particularly at ancient evidence, both scriptural and social, as it pertains to Jewish views of and interactions with Gentiles. The result is a breathtakingly ambitious survey and analysis of Jewish thought on 'the Gentile questions,' combined with a close reading of the epistles and, consequently, a coherent and plausible reconstruction of Paul's mission and motives. In this book, Terry Donaldson brings together ancient and modern sources with imagination and conviction to advance his own original hypothesis explaining how this 'Hebrew of Hebrew' came to see the incorporation of Gentiles as the logical extension of his commitment to Christ and to the redemption of Israel."
Paula Fredriksen, Boston University
"Terence Donaldson has pursued one specific question with such methodological rigor as to cast light on many aspects of Paul's convictions, theology, and rhetorical stance in general. This is an important book."
Lloyd Gaston, Vancouver School of Theology
"Donaldson interacts honestly and incisively with the main lines of thinking that are now current and offers a new dimension of thought that has not yet been presented."
Scot McKnight, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School