Paul in Israel's Story

Paul in Israel's Story : Self and Community at the Cross

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In this book, John Meech reflects on St. Paul's construal of Christian identity in light of what has become known as the 'new paradigm' in Pauline studies, which stresses the communal aspects of Paul's thought and his narrative understanding of the self. Then he offers a pivotal analysis of Rudolph Bultmann's phenomenology of the self and its impact on his demythologizing interpretation of Paul's writings. Meech also engages Paul Ricoeur's late work Oneself as Another, as a guide to the postmodern problem of selfhood.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195306945
  • 9780195306941

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John Meech's Paul in Israel's Story is an impressive achievement. The deft skill with which Meech integrates biblical criticism, philosophical commentary, and theological insight is innovative and invigorating. Through this interdisciplinary dialogue Meech pioneers new interpretations of Paul's categories of selfhood, the body, Israel, and community. In particular, he demonstrates how the construction of the self's narrative identity through mystical union with
Christ is productively elucidated by Ricoeur's philosophy of the intersubjective self - the self as another. Beautifully written, carefully researched, and highly recommended. * Mark I. Wallace author of Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Nature, Spirit *
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About John L. Meech

John L. Meech is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois.
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