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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  • Chester, Stephen J. 2003. Conversion at Corinth: Perspectives on Conversion in Paul’s Theology and the Corinthian Church. Studies of the New Testament and its World. London/New York: T & T Clark.
  • *Crook, Zeba A. 2004. Reconceptualising Conversion: Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean. Berlin/New York: W. de Gruyter.
  • 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.
  • *Fredriksen, Paula. 2017. Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • *Frey, Jörg. 2007. “Paul’s Jewish Identity.” In Jewish Identity in the Greco-Roman World = Jüdische Identität in der griechisch-römischen Welt, 285-321. Ed. J. Frey et al. Ancient Judaism and early Christianity 71. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  • *Gaventa, Beverly. 1986. From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.
  • Hengel, Martin. 1991. The Pre-Christian Paul. London: SCM.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, J. 1996. Paul: A Critical Life. Oxford: Clarendon.
  • *Nanos, Mark D., and Magnus Zetterholm, eds. 2015. Paul within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. 
  • Riesner, Rainer. 1998. Paul’s Early Period. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • *Sanders, E. P. 2016. Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, Thought. London: SCM.
  • Segal, Alan F. 1990. Paul the Convert. New Haven: Yale.
  • 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. 
  • Young, Brad H. 1997. Paul the Jewish Theologian. Peabody: Hendrickson.

Suggested Practice Gobbet: 1 Corinthians 15.3-10