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Paul and the practice of Paideia

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This chapter attempts to understand Paul as a Hellenistic Jew who used the model of philosophical education (paideia) to shape and communicate his version of the gospel. Not only his means of communication, and the strategy Paul used in order to proclaim the gospel, but also the content of his gospel was influenced by Greek philosophical ideas. The concept of equality of all human beings in Christ, regardless of ethnic belonging, social status or gender, and Paul's stress on ethics and righteous behaviour should be seen in this light. The chapter searches for influences in Paul of the behaviour and ideas of popular philosophers. It asks for the way in which Jewish models of education have influenced Paul. It also asks for the relevance of the concept of traditio in Paul's part of the Christ-movement.

Keywords: Christ-movement; gospel; Greek philosophical ideas; Jewish models; Paul; philosophical education (paideia); righteous behaviour



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