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Special Issue "Paul and Tradition"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Philosophical and Theological Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stanley E. Porter

McMaster Divinity College, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada
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Phone: (+1) 905-525-9140
Interests: new testament; pauline studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Paul draws upon a variety of traditions within his letters. These traditions include the sacred Scriptures of Israel, traditional statements reflecting the customs and beliefs of his ambient Greco-Roman/Jewish culture, cultural beliefs encapsulated in a variety of formal and informal statements, the written and implied statements of venerated thinkers and philosophers of his time, and early Christian creedal formulations, as well as others. These are only a few--even if they are the most important--of the traditions that Paul readily invokes within his letters. The Scriptures of Israel were probably the most important source of traditions that Paul draws upon, often using them to provide a scaffolding for his further thought. However, in this issue of Religions we wish to move beyond this important source of tradition and explore other formulations of traditional thought--Christian and otherwise--that influenced Paul's thought and writing and that he explicitly or implicitly used as he constructed his letters to various churches and people. Contributors to this issue of the journal should not confine themselves to explicit quotations, but should feel free to explore the broad range of traditions and how they are formulated and transmitted within Paul's letters.

Prof. Dr. Stanley E. Porter
Guest Editor


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  • tradition
  • scriptures
  • cultural beliefs
  • philosophers
  • creedal formulations

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