This past Sunday I had the honor of speaking at a wonderful church in California (Valley Christian, Dublin, CA). They invited me to give an evening lecture on Paul; my title is “Making Sense of Paul.” You can click on the image below to go the site where you can view the lecture. I am deeply thankful to my hosts, Pastor Roger Valci (fellow GCTS grad!) and Pastor Tawni Garcia. I hope some of you may find this interesting and useful.
Please allow me to tell you about a new book that I contributed to – Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition (ed. J.R. Dodson and A.W. Pitts; LNTS; Bloombury, 2017). My essay is called “Paul and the Militia Spiritualis Topos in 1 Thessalonians.”
Here is the official book description:
Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition provides a fresh examination of the relationship of Greco-Roman philosophy to Pauline Christianity. It offers an in-depth look at different approaches employed by scholars who draw upon philosophical settings in the ancient world to inform their understanding of Paul. The volume houses an international team of scholars from a range of diverse traditions and backgrounds, which opens up a platform for multiple voices from various corridors.
Consequently, some of the chapters seek to establish new potential resonances with Paul and the Greco-Roman philosophical tradition, but others question such connections. While a number of them propose radically new relationships between Paul and Greco Roman philosophy, a few seek to tweak or modulate current discussions. There are arguments in the volume which are more technical and exegetical, and others that remain more synthetic and theological. This diversity, however, is accentuated by a goal shared by each author – to further our understanding of Paul’s relationship to and appropriation of Greco-Roman philosophical traditions in his literary and missionary efforts.
Table of Contents (the order of essays is actually different in the real book)
Sidenote: fun to see several Durham grads included in this volume!
Foreword: Troels Engberg-Pedersen
Introduction: Andrew W. Pitts
1. Powers, Baptism, and the Ethics of the Stronger: Paul Among the Ancient Political Philosophers – Niko Huttunen
2. Paul and (Pan)theism – Runar M. Thorsteinsson
3. Bruce Winter and the Language of Benefaction in Romans 13.3 – Andrew W. Pitts and Bahij
4. Paul and Aristotle on Friendship – Dave E. Briones
5. Paul and the Militia Spirituals Topos in 1 Thessalonians – Nijay Gupta
6. Divine Causation and Prepositional Metaphysics in Philo of Alexandria and the Apostle Paul – Orrey McFarland
7. Early Conceptions of Original Sin – And its Overcoming. Reading Galatians 4.21-31 Through Philo’s De Opficio Mundi – Gitte Buch-Hansen
8. Gendered Exegesis of Creation in Philo (De Opficio Mundi) and Paul – John Worthington
9. Natural Hair: A ‘New Rhetorical’ Assessment of 1 Cor. 11.14-15 – Timothy Brookins
10. Elements of Apocalyptic Eschatology in Seneca and Paul – Joseph R. Dodson
11. The Nature of True Worship: Reading Acts 17 with Seneca and Paul, Epistle 95 – Brian J. Tabb
12. Death as an Ethical Metaphor in Seneca’s Writings and in Paul’s Letter to the Romans – Matthias Nygaard
13. The Wilderness Tradition in Paul, Wisdom of Solomon, and Hebrews – Madison N. Pierce