2458Re: [Synoptic-L] Paul's change of mind
- Feb 7, 2010Bruce writes that none of the books
in his library answer the question
why did Paul change?
My memory is that some books do at least
have a go at this. I called in G----- books
to help out my memory, and duly found a more
recent item by Theissen referring to the earlier
work I remembered. (key: Paul & vision in
author Theissen). A very brief annotated
A theory of primitive Christian religion? - Page 334
Gerd Theissen - 2003 - 393 pages
(also cites an earlier work of 1987 by Theissen on psychological
aspects of Pauline theology)
The subjective vision theory has been renewed most recently by Gerd
.... (Theissen then engages with this...)
Then he discusses whether Paul's vision has any relation to a prior
unconscious conflict with the law....
My own view would be that we do need to ask
why Paul was hostile, before asking why he changed.
That might then not be so distant from
the problems of some of those Synoptic passages
indicating mutual antipathy between Synoptists
I have found out something. It is possible
to go to your library, take
off the shelves everything with "Paul"
in the title, pile them by a
chair, and read through them, say 3000
or 4000 pages, without getting
the answer to the first question
a child is likely to ask about Paul,
or even having that question come
up at all. That question is:
Why did he change?
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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