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Karl Olav Sandnes

Paul Perceived

An Interactionist Perspective on Paul and the Law

[Paulus verstehen. Ein interaktionistischer Blick auf Paulus und das Gesetz.]

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Karl Olav Sandnes uncovers the first interpretation of Paul's view on Torah. He provides a critical view, focusing on Paul citing and interacting with how others perceived of his theology. Punitive actions taken against Paul by synagogues are also included.
An epicenter in present-day Pauline scholarship is the issue of the Law. The interpretation of this contentious issue started before Paul's letters and found its way into them by his citing how others perceived of his theology, and in Paul rendering rumors and criticism, and also interacting with them. To this reception-oriented perspective belong also punitive actions taken against Paul by synagogues. As a reception of Paul, Acts is included, leaving a more complex picture than argued by advocates of Paul within Judaism. Thus Karl Olav Sandnes uncovers the first interpretation or reception of Paul's view on Torah. It is limited in its scope, but provides a critical and necessary view on common trends in Pauline scholarship. Paul's decentering of the Torah was considered endangering for morality, for Jews and Gentiles alike. Perceptions of Paul's theology must be accounted for in Pauline studies.
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Karl Olav Sandnes Born 1954; 1988 Dr.theol.; 1984–91 teacher at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger; 1991–93 visiting professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong; since 1993 Professor at MF Norwegian School of Theology; 2013 visiting professor Nanjing Union Theological Seminary, PR China.

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