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Versions Of Paul

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This chapter concerns with the way in which Paul's experience on the road to Damascus was understood by those who translated, revised, annotated and printed English Bibles within a real historical context of conversion, persecution, martyrdom and mission. William Tyndale substantially revised his New Testament and it eventually appeared in 1534. In this new revision Tyndale added translations of Luther's prefatory material, including his prologue to Paul's Epistle to the Romans. The three Lucan versions of Paul's conversion attracted different paratextual treatments across the Tudor Bibles. In Tyndale's textual and paratextual account of Acts 9 we are alerted to the authority of Paul as an apostle directly chosen by God, not authorized by Peter. By employing the Pauline epistles to read the Lucan account, Paul endorses Luke even as he is endorsed in this moment of conversion, as well as becoming a model of the convert for persecutors more generally.

Keywords: Damascus; English Bibles; Epistle; Lucan versions; New Testament; Paul; Tudor Bibles; William Tyndale

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