What sort of Jew was Saul of Tarsus, and how did he change?

Some key primary texts: Gal 1.1-20; 2 Cor 3.5-4.6; Phil 3.1-10; Acts 9, 22 and 26.

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  • Donfried, Karl P. 2004. ‘Paul the Jew – But of What Sort?’ In Testimony and Interpretation: Early Christology in Its Judeo-Hellenistic Milieu. Studies in Honour of Petr Pokorný., 11-27. Ed. J. Mrázek and J. Roskovec. JSNTSup 272. London/New York: T&T Clark International.
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  • Hicks-Keeton, Jill. 2019. ‘Putting Paul in his Place: Diverse Diasporas and Sideways Spaces in Hellenistic Judaism’ JJMJS 6, 1-21.
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  • Novenson, Matthew V. 2020. ‘Did Paul Abandon either Judaism or Monotheism?’ in The New Cambridge Companion to St Paul, Bruce W. Longenecker, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p239-59.
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  • Taylor, Justin. 1998. ‘Why Did Paul Persecute the Church?’ In Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Judaism and Christianity, 99-120. Ed. G. N. Stanton and G. G. Stroumsa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thiessen, Matthew. 2016. Paul and the Gentile Problem. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Suggested Practice Gobbet: 1 Corinthians 15.3-10