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Paul As Jew, Greek, And Roman: An Introduction

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What does it mean to study Paul the Apostle as Jew, Greek, and Roman? The framing of the question exposes the fact that the distinctions themselves involve a complex of ethnic, social, and cultural designations. Discussing the sense in which Paul is a Greek and Roman is more difficult. There have been a number of studies that have clearly showed that we can no longer think of Judaism in terms of its being distinct from Hellenism. Though a Jew, Paul lived much of his life within the larger Greco-Roman world, one influenced in various ways and to various levels by Hellenistic and Roman culture and practices. Turning to the Roman dimension of Pauls social-cultural background, we note again that it is only in Acts that it is stated that Paul, besides being a citizen of Tarsus, was a Roman citizen.

Keywords: Hellenism; Judaism; Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman



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