Jan Dochhorn

Der Adammythos bei Paulus und im hellenistischen Judentum Jerusalems

Eine theologische und religionsgeschichtliche Studie zu Römer 7,7–25

[The Myth of Adam in Paul and in the Hellenistic Judaism of Jerusalem. A Theological and Religious-Historical Study of Rom 7:7–25.]

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In this volume, Jan Dochhorn deals with Paul, who developed his myth of Adam using the Apocalypse of Moses as his background. Paul had become familiar with this in Jerusalem before he became a Christian. Thus he developed the idea of a cosmic doom of sin which is virtually unsurpassed in its asperity and at the same time allows for an astonishingly differentiated perception of the unredeemed human being.
Adam, sin, death and the law are the core elements of Paul's view of the pre-Christian history of humankind. Paul developed this view using the Apocalypse of Moses, with which he had become familiar in Jerusalem before he became a Christian, as his background. In this study, Jan Dochhorn reveals how the myth of Adam emerged among the Greek-speaking Jews in Jerusalem and identifies several parabiblical texts as products of this milieu, which probably had a greater impact on Pauline theology and early Christianity than other strands of ancient Judaism.

Jan Dochhorn Geboren 1968; 2003 Promotion; 2007–14 Associate Professor für Neues Testament in Aarhus; Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor für Neues Testament in Durham (Vereinigtes Königreich).


The following reviews are known:

In: Biblische Notizen — 198 (2023) (Gerbern S. Oegema)
In: Revue de l'histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses — 102 (2022), S. 539–541 (Christian Grappe)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 45 (2022), S. 976–977 (Christopher T. Begg)