Judaism and St. Paul; Two Essays

Judaism and St. Paul; Two Essays

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...superior to, the solicitations of sin. The god had entered into them, and under the appearance of the old body there now dwelt a divine spirit, the source of a new and a higher life. It is admitted on all hands, though by some reluctantly, that the terminology of Paul shows the influence of the theology of the 'mysteries.' But did he use the terminology without knowing something about the ideas which underlay them?1 Doubtless he thought the whole business false and blasphemous and unclean, but for all that he may have felt some secret allurement, some half-conscious interest, some hidden feeling, 'how grand it would be if there were a means of becoming really and truly a new creature, of triumphing over sin and the Yetzer ha-Ra and the evil heart once and for all!' Then one would have received that new heart and that new spirit which the Prophets had declared was to be the gift of God to Israel in the Messianic age. And that new spirit was to be God's spirit. The new personality would, in that sense, be divine. No longer need one sin, no longer need one be told in many enactments what to do and from what to refrain; the divine spirit, the new heart, would assuredly impel towards the right. 1I have quoted words of Loisy on this point in the Appendix. I might also have quoted from Reitzenstein's already classic article in the Zeitschrift fur neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 1912 (p. 1-28). Reitzenstein shows, on the one hand, that a mere use of phraseology without any influence of the ideas which underly them is, under all the circumstances, well nigh impossible. On the other hand, it is not a question of borrowing. It is a question of the subtlest form of unconscious influence. The conversion at Damascus must have befallen a man who was not wholly...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236589688
  • 9781236589682