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Christian Alexander | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Feb 25 2022 9:37 AM

What forces shaped the intellectual and theological world of Paul, the Apostle? How familiar was he with the great philosophers of his age, and to what extent was he influenced by them? I want to get deeper into this topic. I have read some Pauline Theology books as well as The Apostle Paul: His Life, Thought, and Letters by Stanley E. Porter, Interpreting Paul: Essays on the Apostle and His Letters by N. T. Wright and Power in Weakness: Paul’s Transformed Vision for Ministry by Timothy G. Gombis

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 25 2022 12:31 PM

If you missed 

PAUL AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

BOOK I

PARTS I AND II

BOOK II

PARTS III AND IV

N. T. WRIGHT

from your list then you could well gain some insight from reading it.

If it is included in your list I would be amazed if your question wasn't answered in the book but you skimmed over it.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 25 2022 1:44 PM

duplicate question. I won't duplicate my answer.

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Ralph Mauch | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 25 2022 2:31 PM

Christian Alexander:
What forces shaped the intellectual and theological world of Paul, the Apostle? How familiar was he with the great philosophers of his age, and to what extent was he influenced by them?

https://www.logos.com/product/17101/the-cities-of-st-paul-their-influence-on-his-life-and-thought-the-cities-of-eastern-asia-minor

Hope this helps.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 25 2022 7:55 PM

Christian Alexander:
What forces shaped the intellectual and theological world of Paul, the Apostle?

A large part of the debates in Pauline studies are over this, and since I am not an expert in this, I dare not attempt to summarize. But various scholars have emphasized various Jewish and Hellenistic influences on Paul. There are lots of scholarly introductions to Paul/Pauline studies that cover the issues discussed.

Christian Alexander:
How familiar was he with the great philosophers of his age, and to what extent was he influenced by them?

When I was in school the standard work on Paul and Hellenistic Philosophers was https://www.logos.com/product/15512/paul-and-the-popular-philosophers Some scholars say that Malherbe overstates his case, but read it and see what you think.

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 25 2022 9:17 PM

Most definitely Paul was influence by Jewish leaders Acts 22:3  .... taught by what appears to be a well known, well respected teacher of the Jews, Gamaliel - Acts 5:34. Paul himself stated that he was a Pharisee and the son of a Pharisee, Acts 23:6 And Paul goes on to say he was he live his life and was (implied) respected by the strictest of the Pharisees.

Notice also Acts 26:4 "My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know." (quoted this by using ole faithful ZipScript Geeked It still works beauuuutiiiifully!!)

Did this quickly... but there is a lot in Scripture about Paul.

xn = Christan  man=man -- Acts 11:26 "....and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch".

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 26 2022 8:27 PM

Christian Alexander:
How familiar was he with the great philosophers of his age, and to what extent was he influenced by them?

Here Paul quotes a "Pagan" philosopher to the Athenians...

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:28)

I would say he was somewhat well read... The point being, with all of the scripture references provided so far, I think Pauls own words should be able to answer the majority of your questions without having to turn to modern day speculation to figure out what he believed and what if any sources  influenced his philosophy and world view.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 26 2022 10:10 PM

Roy:
without having to turn to modern day speculation

Given the breadth of materials offered by Faithlife, I would hope we can trust users to avoid speculation unless, like some of us, they read it for amusement. 

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 26 2022 10:29 PM

MJ. Smith:

Roy:
without having to turn to modern day speculation

Given the breadth of materials offered by Faithlife, I would hope we can trust users to avoid speculation unless, like some of us, they read it for amusement. 

True, Point taken.

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2022 6:07 PM

MJ. Smith:

Roy:
without having to turn to modern day speculation

Given the breadth of materials offered by Faithlife, I would hope we can trust users to avoid speculation unless, like some of us, they read it for amusement. 

Good point!  I've said more than once.... the Bible sheds a lot of light on commentaries!  Geeked

xn = Christan  man=man -- Acts 11:26 "....and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch".

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