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I 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 for non-Jews as well as Jews. In other words, I propose to that we should be investigating Paul's Judaism in the intra-communal context 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.
"Out-Howling 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).
"The 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).
Paul Within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle. Edited by Mark D. Nanos and Magnus Zetterholm (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015).
"Implications 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.
"Paul’s 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).
"Römer 11 und christlich-jüdische Beziehungen: Exegetische Optionen für 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).
"The Translation of Romans 11 Since the Shoah: What's Different? What's Not? What Could Be?" Pages 167-77 in Exploring Bible, Church and Life. Essays in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Lutheran Theological Seminary (Theology and Life 36). Edited by Dieter Mitternacht and Nicholas Thai. (Hong Kong, China: Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2013).
"Was Paul a 'Liar' for the Gospel?: The Case for a New Interpretation of Paul's 'Becoming Everything to Everyone' in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23." Review & Expositor 110.4 (2013): 591-608.
"Paul's Polemic in Philippians 3 as Jewish-Subgroup Vilification of Local Non-Jewish Cultic and Philosophical Alternatives." Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 3.1 (2013) 47–92.
Review of: Stephen Westerholm (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Paul (Blackwell Companions to Religion; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75.2 (2013): 407-10.
"To the Churches Within the Synagogues of Rome." Pages 11-28 in Reading Paul's Letter to the Romans. Edited by Jerry L. Sumney (Resources for Biblical Studies Series 72; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012).
A Jewish View." Pages 159-93 in Four
Views on the Apostle Paul. Edited by Michael
Bird (Counterpoints; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012). Pre-release
"Paul's Relationship to Torah in Light of His Strategy 'to Become Everything to Everyone' (1 Corinthians 9:19-22)." Pages 106-40 in Paul and Judaism: Crosscurrents in Pauline Exegesis and the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations. Eds. Reimund Bieringer and Didier Pollefeyt (T&T Clark Int/Continuum: London-New York, 2012).
"Romans 11 and Christian-Jewish Relations: Exegetical Options for Revisiting the Translation and Interpretation of This Central Text." Criswell Theological Review N.S. 9.2 (2012): 3-21.
Paul and the Jewish Tradition: The Ideology of the Shema." Pages 62-80 in Celebrating Paul. Festschrift in Honor of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P., and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. Edited by Peter Spitaler (CBQMS 48; Washington D.C.: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2012).
Lectures Available for Viewing/Listening:
"Paul's Relationship to Jews and Judaism in First-Century Context: Revisiting the Translation of Romans 11" (Westmont College, March 24, 2014).
"A 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 Jewish View").
Shalom 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 16.
"Paul 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 series; youtube delivery of paper).
"Paul's 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 of paper; edited video of presentation; for final publication, see Biblical Interpretation 17.4 (2009): 448-482)
More About My Work:
Published 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 pages.
Galatians 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, I am working specifically on topics concerning Paul's 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 hand sidebar and related pages for more information about these as well as other current and planned projects. More Projects>>
Many of my professional society papers and lectures are available as pdf's for download: see the right hand column on the projects page.
I am a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. For a list of past, current, and planned class offerings, see Lectures>>
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