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Broadening The New Perspective On Paul

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In Paul's view, Judaism, of which Christianity is part, is in essence an Abrahamic religion, going back to the hybrid figure of Abraham on the threshold between the Chaldean and the Jewish world, whereas Moses is only a secondary figure. This chapter focuses on explicit inclusion of the figure of Hagar and two other remarkable features: its criticism of the relevance of ethnic descent, and its identification of Hagar and Sarah with the opposite poles of dual citizenship, earthly citizenship as opposed to the citizenship of heaven. Both motifs that of claims of ethnic descent and of dual citizenship, is commented upon with particular attention to the Greco-Roman world. There are important differences, between the Jewish apocalyptic notion of the new Jerusalem and Paul's stoicizing notion of the heavenly city of Jerusalem.

Keywords:Abrahamic religion; Greco-Roman; Hagar; Judaism; Sarah

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