The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


17. Paul, the Man

Questions for Review

  1. Why do many people find Paul repellent?
  2. What sorts of privileges did Paul enjoy thanks to being a Roman citizen?
  3. It can be said that Paul was a Hellenistic Jew. What is meant by this assertion?
  4. How did the discoveries at Qumran impact our understanding of Paul?
  5. How did the history of religions school view Paul’s relationship to the mystery religions?
  6. What does the word “talmid” mean and how might it apply to Paul?
  7. How do we see that Paul continues to be influenced by Judaism in his letters?
  8. What was the chief source of Paul’s Christianity?
  9. How was Paul’s christology influenced by the Damascus Road experience?
  10. What does it mean to say that “what we have of Paul’s theological thinking is occasional and pragmatic”?