remain focussed on investigating the implications
for Jewish - Christian relations of my reading of
Paul as a Torah-observant Jew founding Jewish subgroup communities.
These "assemblies [ekklesias]" were attracting some
non-Jews, but nevertheless dedicated to practicing and promoting Judaism
as Jews. In other words, I propose to that we should be investigating
of other Jewish groups, including other groups of followers of Jesus,
which together with Paul's groups represented a coalition we might
describe as Apostolic Judaism.
"'Gottes Gaben und Berufungen können Ihn nicht gereuen.' -
Wie, also, sollten wir Römer 9,1-16 (insbesondere V. 6) übersetzen
und verstehen?" Pages 14-23 in "Die Gotteskindschaft des jüdischen
Volkes (Röm 9,1-16)": Arbeitshilfe zum Israelsonntag 2016:
10. Sonntag nach Trinitatis. Edited by Volker Haarmann, Ursula Rudnick,
and Axel Töllner (Transl. V. Haarmann; Düsseldorf/Hannover:
Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland, Evangelisch-Lutherische Landeskirche
Hannover, Begegnung von Christen und Juden Bayern, 2016).
the Cynics: Reconceptualizing the Concerns of Paul's Audience from
his Polemics in Philippians 3." Pages 183-221 in The
People Beside Paul: The Philippian Assembly and History from Below.
Edited by Joseph A. Marchal (Early Christianity and Its Literature;
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015).
Question of Conceptualization: Qualifying Paul's Position on Circumcision
in Dialogue with Josephus's Advisors to King Izates." Pages
105-52 in Paul
Within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle. Edited by Mark D. Nanos and
Magnus Zetterholm (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015).
Within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle. Edited
by Mark D. Nanos and Magnus Zetterholm (Minneapolis: Fortress
at Fortress and Amazon in
print and ebook formats.
of Paul's Hopes for the End of Days for Jews and Christians Today:
A Critical Re-evaluation of the Evidence." Co-authored
with Philip Cunningham. Studies
in Christian-Jewish Relations [SCJR] 9.1
(2014): 1-45; http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/scjr/article/view/5793/5165.
Non-Jews Do Not Become 'Jews,' But Do They Become 'Jewish'?: Reading
Romans 2:25-29 Within Judaism, Alongside Josephus." Journal
of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS).
1 (2014): 26-53 (www.jjmjs.org).
11 und christlich-jüdische Beziehungen: Exegetische Optionen
eine andere Übersetzung und Interpretation des Textes." Pages
18-25 in "So
wird ganz Israel gerettet werden":
Arbeitshilfe zum Israelsonntag 2014: 10. Sonntag nach Trinitatis. Edited
by Hanna Lehming, Volker Haarmann, and Ursula Rudnick (Evangelisch-Lutherische
Landeskirche Hannover, Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland, Evangelisch-Lutherische
Kirche in Norddeutschland,
Begegnung von Christen und Juden Bayern: Hannover/Düsseldorf, 2014).
Available for Viewing/Listening:
Podcast interview on Paulcast by Kurt Willems, June 6, 2016, entitled:
Mark Nanos - Paul within Judaism, Saul the Mennonite and Defamiliarizing
my paper (also available are those of the other participants, John
Dominic Crosson and Pam Eisenbaum, and Scott's response) from the Westar/SBL
'15 session reviewing Bernard
Brandon Scott, The
Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge (Westar/SBL
Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 22, 2015)
Relationship to Jews and Judaism in First-Century Context: Revisiting
the Translation of Romans 11" (Westmont
College, March 24, 2014).
Jewish View of Paul – A
Skype Interview with Mark Nanos" (David
Burnett interviewed me for a class discussion at Criswell College
in Oct. of 2012 on matters related to my essay in Zondervan's Four
Views on the Apostle Paul, entitled, "A
Talk Radio Interview (in 2 Parts) discussing my work on Paul with Stuart
Dauerman, KRLA 870 AM Radio, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 2010, episodes 15
and the Jewish Tradition: The Ideology of the Shema" (Paper
presented at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Penn., Thurs.,
Oct. 23, 2008, in the Jubilee Year of the Apostle St. Paul seminar
delivery of paper).
Reversal of Jews Calling Gentiles 'Dogs' (Philippians 3:2): 1600
Years of an Ideological Tale Wagging an Exegetical Dog?" (delivered
at University of Helsinki, Finland, May 14, 2007: version
video of presentation; for final publication, see Biblical
Interpretation 17.4 (2009): 448-482)
More About My Work:
books include The
Mystery of Romans: The Jewish Context of Paul's Letter,
Fortress Press, 1996; The Irony
of Galatians: Paul's Letter in First-Century Context,
Fortress Press, 2002. Volumes I have edited include The
Galatians Debate: Contemporary Issues in Rhetorical and Historical Interpretation,
Hendrickson, 2002;and with Magnus Zetterholm, Paul Within Judaism:
Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle, 2015. More details are available
on the projects and reviews
and Romans contain
much of the material from which histories of early Christianity and
interpretations of the Jerusalem churches and of Paul's
relationship to them have been developed. This has led me to investigate
more directly the Apostle Paul's relationship with the Jerusalem apostles
and churches. In one current project,
specifically on topics concerning
relationship with the Jerusalem based apostles and their communities.
In another, I am trying to understand the allegorical rhetoric of Galatians
4:21--5:1. I am also completing an introduction to Galatians for students,
and a commentary on Romans, as well as several other essays. Please
check the right
sidebar and related pages for more information
these as well as other current and planned
of my professional society papers and lectures are available as pdf's
for download: see the right hand column on the projects page.
am a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
For a list of past, current, and planned class offerings, see Lectures>>
Testament Guides (New Series). General Editor: Tat-Siong Benny
Liew (Sheffield Phoenix Press; 2017).
exciting opportunity to develop an introduction to
this letter after writing a dissertation published in revised form
as a monograph (The Irony of Galatians)
as well as a number of essays about topics that arise in this text,
an edited volume on rhetorical and historical debates about Galatians
(The Galatians Debate), and several introductions (in Blackwell's
Companion to the NT and in The Oxford Bibliography Online).
The format for the series calls for a concise, accessible approach
issues in debate.
the Synagogues of Rome: A Jewish Commentary on Romans (Eerdmans,
has been such an important book for Christian perceptions
and positions on Jews and Judaism, and Jewish responses. There
is much at stake in both community's conceptions
of the other, and of the obstacles
and opportunities for better relations going forward, that
continues to be imacted by interpretations of Paul's language in
project I plan to go through the letter verse by verse in commentary
translation alternatives and comments. Already I have discovered
many new possibilities to add to those discussed
in The Mystery
of Romans. It is an exciting project to undertake.
Galatians Really About "Freedom from the Law (i.e., Torah)," or "Freedom
and Apostolic Judaism: An Introduction
Runesson (of McMaster University) and I are co-writing a book project
designed to introduce Paul as a Torah-observant Jew who believed
that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the
Nations. We have coined the term
to signify this
dynamic. Discussions will focus on the Jewish and Greco-Roman
contexts of Paul
various audiences of his letters alongside detailed examinations
of the messages he communicated. The outline is designed
to be suitable for a one semester introductory course
on Paul, or to be used for the Paul component of
broader New Testament course.
or Representative: Re-evaluating Paul's Perspective on the Jerusalem
project builds on published
research on the Jerusalem Meeting and Antioch Incidents of Galatians
2. The focal point is the investigation of Paul's language
of believers in Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Since Paul's extant
letters provide most of the available material written prior
to the Jewish
Revolt of the late 60's-70 c.e., these will be the primary area
rather than, e.g., Acts, or the even much later Pseudo-Clementines.
I hope to provide an historical construction of the Jerusalem
Christ-believers' position as it relates to my interpretation
of Paul's thought and
behavior, for example, their policy on the admission of non-Jews
into this coalition.
Did it include the necessity of proselyte conversion? If not
required, did it allow for it? A focus on Paul's attitude
toward and relationship
with the Jerusalem leaders of this coalition, such as James and
Peter, will be sustained. The dynamics of Paul's collection project
investigated. As a result of one of the areas of research I have
begun to work on
and Other Current Projects
Paul's Allegory (Gal 4:21--5:1) as Haftarah: A Jewish Liturgical
Explanation for Paul's
Characterization of 'Jerusalem Presently in Slavery with Her Children.'" 2016
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Jewish-Christian
Dialogue and Sacred Texts section, Nov. 19-22, San Antonio, Texas.
the Antioch Incident 'within Judaism': A Structured Discussion
of Critical Elements in the Study of Christian Origins." 2016
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Paul within Judaism
section, Nov. 19-22, San Antonio, Texas.
in Romans and Galatians: A Jewish Perspective (April
9, 2016, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 119th and Pflumm,
Overland Park, KS, 1:30-4:30, contact: Liam Higgins).
Paul's Allegory (Gal 4:21--5:1) Within Judaism: Is Isaiah 54:1
the Haftarah for 'Hearing' Torah
on Slave (= [Adult] Foreign Male) Circumcision?" 2016
PCR/SBL New Testament: Epistles and Apocalypse section, March
Claremont Graduate University.
Jews Outside of the Covenants if Not Confessing Jesus as
Messiah?: Questioning the Questions,
the Options for the Answers too." Paul Within
Judaism Session of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual
Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 23, 2015, 9-11:30am, S23-132.
reviewing The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge,
Bernard Brandon Scott (Westar Institute at the Society of Biblical
Lit. Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 22, 2015, 4-5pm, P22-348a).
you not hear the Torah?': Paul's Allegory (Gal 4:21--5:1)
in the Context of Ancient Haftarah" (Paper
in the Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins [AJCO] Colloquia
the New Testament as Second Temple Jewish Literature," September
24, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, Room 2241, Nyack College, 2 Washington,
Paul in a Jewish Way." Lecture in the
program "'Oh be joyful all you peoples, with God's
People': Who are the people? An ecumenical discussion," at
the German Protestant Kirchentag in Stuttgart, Germany,
to 1pm, June 5, 2015. (news
article from World Council of Churches)
the Root of Christian Replacement Theology Stands an Olive
11:11-33): Can it be Saved?" Lecture at the Centrum
för Teologi och Religionsvetenskap, Lund University, Sweden, 5:15pm,
June 2, 2015.
Non-Jews Do Not Become 'Jews,' But Do They Become 'Jewish'?:
Reading Romans 2:25-29 Within Judaism, Alongside Josephus." New
Testament Traditions in the Context of Early Judaism Seminar
of the Nordic New Testament Conference, Aarhus
University, Denmark, June 1, 2015.
to Read Paul in a Jewish Way: A Case Study of Romans 15:10
Citing Deuteronomy 32:43." Nordic New
Testament Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, May 31,
Discussions of the Implications of My Work for Jewish-Christian
Relations and Pauline Studies:
Myth of the 'Traditional View of Paul' and the Role of the
Apostle in Modern Jewish-Christian Polemics," by
Daniel R. Langdon, Journal for the Study of the
New Testament 28.1
(2005) 69-104. (See now also in his book, The
Apostle Paul in the Jewish Imagination.)
in the Footnotes of the Apostle Paul," by
Pamela Eisenbaum, pages 77-97 in Identity and the
Politics of Scholarship in the Study of Religion, eds.
J. I. Cabezón and S. G. Davaney, Routledge, 2004.
Religious Experience in the Eyes of Jewish Scholars," by
Alan F. Segal, pages 321-43 (specifically 340-43), in Israel's
God and Rebecca's Children, eds. D. Capes, et al.,
Baylor University Press, 2008.
Interpretation of Paul in the Last Thirty Years," by
Michael F. Bird and Preston M. Sprinkle, Currents
in Biblical Research (CBR) 6.3 (2008): 355-76.
the Jew Among the Nations--Mark D. Nanos," pages 147-55
to Paul: A Student's guide to recent scholarship, by Magnus Zetterholm, Fortress Press, 2009.
A Not So Super Idea. Bill Tammeus of the Kansas
City Star in an August 19, 2006, discusses recent conference
papers on supersessionism in the Letter to the Hebrews, and
the implications for Christian/Jewish relations today.
Another Look at Paul: Researchers are clearing apostle's
name of anti-Semitism associations: May 22,
2004 article in the Kansas City Star by Bill Tammeus explaining
the implications of our work on Paul for Jewish/Christian