Rather than viewing the Apostle Paul's many references to peace and non-retaliation as generalized ethical principles drawn from Paul's background, Jeremy Gabrielson argues that peace and non-retaliation should be understood in relation to Paul's history of being a violent persecutor of Jesus' followers. After his 'Damascus road' experience, Paul zealously announced the gospel and abandoned his violent ways. His apostolic vocation included calling and equipping assemblies of people whose common in life was ordered by a politics characterized by peaceableness. This political dimension of Paul's gospel, in continuity with the earliest evidence we possess regarding Jesus and his disciples, stands in stark contrast to the politics of both the contemporary Roman imperial power and those who would seek to replace Rome by violent means.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 328 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm
"Gabrielson's thesis is a paradigm shift to present Paul's Gospel as a non-violent Gospel...Gabrielson's work is of great significance for its intellectual insight."
-Stanley Okeke, The Expository Times, 126.12, September 2015