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Apocalyptic Accounts of Paul

Given the recent discussions of the apocalyptic perspective of Paul, I found interesting the following sentence by Stephen Fowl in Paul, Philosophy, and the Theopolitical Vision (ed. Douglas Harink), a forthcoming volume in our Theopolitical Visions series that I am currently working on.

These apocalyptic accounts of Paul are a persistent reminder that both scholars and Christians have a tendency to domesticate Paul and his writings, gathering supposed conceptual and religious antecedents to central Pauline terminology so that he appears to be little more than a small tremor on the theological terrain, something you can feel, but which does not bring down buildings (Fowl, “A Very Particular Universalism”).

Stephen Fowl on Historical Criticism

The Christian Theology and the Bible blog is posting a series from Stephen Fowl’s soon-to-be-published book, Theological Interpretation of Scripture in the Cascade Companion series. The posts will be Fowl’s discussion of “History and Historical Criticism” from the book’s second chapter.

I think the posts might have something to say to Matt and others with regard to the supposed demise of historical criticism and the anxiety about how to judge interpretations.

Is NT Theology chasing its tail?

From the forthcoming Cascade Companion on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture by Stephen Fowl:

…asserting that any single concept, perspective or theme works to unify the NT often leads others to claim that to give one perspective priority over the others establishes a canon within the canon, thus failing to treat the entire NT with equal seriousness. In the light of this charge, it is not unusual for some to claim that there is really no way to unify the differing theological perspectives in the NT, much less the entire Bible, without doing a disservice to some of these other perspectives. In response to this, NT theologians tend to move back towards a practice of simply cataloging the diverse theologies of Scripture. As noted above, this is not very satisfying theologically. This dissatisfaction then tends to start the whole process over again.