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Stephen: Paul and the Hellenist Israelites (Paul's Social Network - Brothers and Sisters in Faith series) [Paperback]

By John J. Pilch (Author)
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Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.31" Width: 5.72" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814652298  
EAN  9780814652299  

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Human beings are embedded in a set of social relations. A social network is one way of conceiving that set of relations in terms of a number of persons connected to one another by varying degrees of relatedness. In the early Jesus group documents featuring Paul and coworkers, it takes little effort to envision the apostle's collection of friends and friends of friends that is the Pauline network. The persons who constituted that network are the focus of this set of brief books. For Christians of the Western tradition, these persons are significant ancestors in faith. While each of them is worth knowing by themselves, it is largely because of their standing within that web of social relations woven about and around Paul that they are of lasting interest. Through this series we hope to come to know those persons in ways befitting their first-century Mediterranean culture. It is difficult to appreciate how Stephen qualifies as a friend of someone who attended and approved of his murder (Acts 7: 58; 22: 20). Yet Stephen belonged to the very group of Israelites to whom Paul later brought the Good News: the Hellenists. These Israelites lived mainly outside of Palestine, thoroughly acculturated in the Greek language and culture of their habitat, and they practiced their traditions in a very modified way. These modifications created great difficulty for Stephen and other Hellenists who resumed residence in Jerusalem, as we read in Acts 6-7. In this account we learn who Stephen was, what he said, and how he died--all things that made a huge impression on Paul. That experience set the stage for Paul's commissioning by the risen Jesus to evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). In Stephen: Paul and theHellenist Israelites, John J. Pilch reflects on Stephen as a Hellenist Israelite, a collectivistic person, a "deacon" (the word does not appear in Acts), and one who true to his tradition communicates with the world of God in alternate states of consciousness. Paul has much in common with Stephen, so to know Stephen is to gain a better understanding of Paul.

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More About John J. Pilch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John J. Pilch, PhD, has been teaching Scripture in the department of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, since 1993. He is a biblical scholar, an international speaker, and the author of books, articles, and multimedia resources. He also serves as book review editor for the "Biblical Theology Bulletin."
Bruce J. Malina is professor of biblical studies at Creighton University. Internationally known for his work in New Testament social science criticism, he is the author of numerous books, including "New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology" and "Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea."

John J. Pilch has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bestseller! the Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
  2. Biblical Interpretation
  3. Cultural World of Jesus: Sunday by Sunday
  4. Paul's Social Network: Brothers & Sisters in Faith

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