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Student guide and glossary terms

Student guide and glossary terms

Student guide and glossary terms

Chapter 12

  1. Why is Paul so important for the New Testament and the history of early Christianity?
  2. What are the major difficulties in studying the life and teachings of Paul? Why is it difficult, for example, to use the book of Acts to reconstruct an accurate picture of Paul? What does it mean to say that Paul's letters are "occasional," and how does their occasional nature affect their interpretation?
  3. What are the three main categories within the Pauline corpus, and which letters belong in each?
  4. What do we know about Paul before his conversion?
  5. What compelled him to convert?
  6. How did Paul's belief in the resurrected Jesus change his theological view? What did it confirm about what he already believed, and what did it force him to reconsider? In particular, why would Paul's belief in Jesus' resurrection make him rethink the importance of the Jewish Law?
  7. What does the term "pseudepigrapha" mean? Do you think it's likely that some of the New Testament letters are pseudonymous? Why? Why not?


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Glossary Terms:

  • Conversion
  • Deutero-Pauline Epistles
  • First-Fruit of the Resurrection
  • Gamaliel
  • Occasional Nature of Paul's Letters
  • Pastoral Epistles
  • Pauline Corpus
  • Pseudepigrapha
  • Rhetoric
  • Seneca
  • Tarsus
  • Undisputed