Theology

John-Paul Harper

Paul and Philo on the Politics of the Land, Jerusalem, and Temple

[Paulus und Philon über die Politik des Landes, Jerusalems und des Tempels.]

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In this study, John-Paul Harper critically compares how Paul and Philo rethought the symbols of Land, Jerusalem, and Temple, drawing particular attention to their political significance. The author offers important insights into how both conceptualised authority in the local community and in relation to the Roman Empire.
In this study, John-Paul Harper critically compares how Paul and Philo rethought the significant Jewish symbols of Land, Jerusalem, and Temple. Drawing particular attention to their political significance, he demonstrates how these symbols offer important insights into how both Paul and Philo conceptualised authority in the local community (Temple), within the wider »people of God« (Jerusalem), and in relation to the Roman Empire (Land). The author argues that, while both conceptualised authority in charismatic terms, Philo's appropriation tended to be more individualistic and focussed on otherworldly realities, whereas Paul's tended to be more communal and focussed on this-worldly realities. Along the way, the author contributes to contemporary discussions of Paul and Philo's Jewish identity, their perspectives on community leadership and order, and their perspectives on the Roman Empire.
Authors/Editors

John-Paul Harper Born 1980; 2000 B.Comm. in Mathematics; 2002 M.Comm. in Mathematics; 2009 B.Th. in Theology; 2020 PhD in New Testament from Stellenbosch University; since 2021 Greek Lecturer at the Moravian Theological Seminary of South Africa.
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4455-2811

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Biblische Notizen — 199 (2023) (Katell Berthelot)
In: Theologische Revue — 119 (2023) (Daniel Lanzinger)
In: Revue de l'histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses — 102 (2022), pp. 541–543 (Christian Grappe)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.sblcentral.org/ (4/2023) (William Horst)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 67 (2023), pp. 308–309