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The Departure of an Apostle: Pauls Death Anticipated and Remembered Alexander N Kirk

The Departure of an Apostle: Pauls Death Anticipated and Remembered

Alexander N Kirk

Published November 1st 2015
ISBN : 9783161543111
Paperback
318 pages
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What was Pauls attitude toward his own death? How did he act and what did he say and write in view of it? What hopes did he hold for himself beyond death? Alexander N. Kirk explores these questions through a close reading of four Pauline lettersMoreWhat was Pauls attitude toward his own death? How did he act and what did he say and write in view of it? What hopes did he hold for himself beyond death? Alexander N. Kirk explores these questions through a close reading of four Pauline letters that look ahead to Pauls death and other relevant texts in the first two generations after Pauls death (AD 70-160). The author studies portraits of the departed Paul in Acts, 1 Clement, the letters of Ignatius, Polycarps letter To the Philippians, and the Martyrdom of Paul. He also examines portraits of the departing Paul in 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, and 2 Timothy, arguing that Pauls death did not primarily present an existential challenge, but a pastoral one. Although touching upon several areas of recent scholarly interest, Alexander N. Kirk sets forth a new research question and fresh interpretations of early Christian and Pauline texts.