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Paul's jewish identity

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During the last 30 or 40 years, a growing number of Jewish interpreters has been ready to acknowledge the basically Jewish character of Paul's background and teaching and to reintegrate the temporarily 'lost son' back home into their common Jewish heritage. It is most important that the tendency for rediscovering and reevaluating Paul's Jewish identity is also shared by a growing number of Christian (or non-Jewish) scholars. Christian exegetes attempting at better understanding of Paul's Jewishness now fruitfully consider the suggestions made by Jewish historians of religion, not only regarding the interpretation of the relevant Jewish sources but also regarding their view of Paul's language and thought. Paul's Jewish identity is visible in the peculiar manner in which he struggles with the most important identity markers of contemporary Judaism, law and circumcision.

Keywords: circumcision; Judaism; Paul's Jewish identity



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