Cynics, Paul, and the Pauline churches: Cynics and Christian by Francis Gerald Downing

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By Francis Gerald Downing

F. Gerald Downing explores the lessons of Paul, arguing that the improvement of Paul's preaching and of the Pauline Church owed very much to the perspectives of the vagabond Cynic philosophers, critics of the gods and of the ethos of civic society.F. Gerald Downing examines the recent testomony writings of Paul, explaining how he might were noticeable, heard, perceived and understood by way of his culturally and ethnically different converts and disciples. He engages in a lucid Pauline remark and gives a few startling and ground-breaking perspectives of Paul and his Word.Cynics, Paul and the Pauline church buildings is a special and debatable ebook, quite in its endorsement of the straightforward and ascetic lifestyles proffered in Paul's teachings compared to the grasping, consumerist and self-promoting nature of latest society.

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Bultmann (1910). Stowers (1981a). 3 He concludes that ‘the diatribe’ is a pure construction of late nineteenth-century philologists. The individual tricks of style are used, of course, but by a wide range of writers, and in no particular conjunction. 4 Much more cogent have been the discussions of Paul’s accounts of his life-style as a travelling missionary. , 1 Cor 9. 24–27). ) Pfitzner argued in the end that Paul’s usage of ‘the agôn motif’ was importantly distinctive (and we shall have to continue to ask of this as of every apparent parallel, every supposed similarity, how close it really is in context).

Klassen (1996). 23 In fact, it is clear from the sources that for any ill-clad figure to draw attention to him-or herself in public would most likely be to present him- or herself as and to be perceived as Cynic,24 even though explicitly self-styled Cynics varied widely in their appearance. 26 Diogenes Laertius has Diogenes the Cynic mostly without a staff, as does Dio (who seems to have forgone it himself on his Cynic travels). Tuckett (1989). Butler, Quintilian (LCL, 1921), note p. 3; cf. Vaage (1994a) 24–30, and (1995b), 208–10.

Plunkett (1988). Malherbe (1987), 99–101, 107. Barclay (1996), 390–91. Downing (1992), 61–63, 142. ) 21 Cynicism, need it be repeated, is, on this thesis, only a part of Paul’s religio-cultural context and makeup, albeit an integral part. Much of his initial formation comes from the traditional Jewish strands in his Hellenistic Jewish upbringing. That formation was fundamentally reshaped by his conviction that he had been encountered by and enlisted by the crucified Jesus, now raised to glory as Lord.

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