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By Stephen J. Gaudet

within the first century of the typical period, the Romans may well boast of being the main pious society within the recognized international. They possessed a hugely established societal association with a well-defined hierarchy the place all people knew their position and the non-public and interpersonal tasks linked therewith. It was once understood that their luck used to be due largely to preserving a courting with the gods. but whilst, social inequality and shortage of justice for its individuals was once ubiquitous and only a part of the material of that society. Into this milieu steps Saul of Tarsus, later referred to as the Apostle Paul. established upon the genuine corpus of Paul, a brand new utopian society used to be envisaged--a society in keeping with equality and justice for all, not only for the elite. This eschatological group is in sharp distinction with Imperial Rome. Following the dying of Paul, writers invoking Paul's authority by way of claiming that their texts have been authored by way of the apostle himself, persevered writing letters to numerous Christian groups. even if, their texts differed in major methods from Paul's imaginative and prescient. but those corrupted texts have survived and stimulated the improvement of Christianity for 2 millennia. it really is relevant to retrieve the genuine imaginative and prescient of Paul for a global in severe desire of that eschatological vision.

"A Christian Utopia is a daring new version of Paul's egalitarian imaginative and prescient, set opposed to the iron backdrop of hierarchical Roman society. Gaudet succeeds in conveying the novel personality of Paul's test via differential comparability with Roman assets, established upon his unique wisdom of the social and ideological mechanisms of Roman strength . . . . Gaudet's retrieval of Paul's imaginative and prescient is a prophetic problem to the twenty-first-century regime of inequality and the complacency of the institutional church."
--Laurence L. Welborn, Professor of recent Testament and Early Christianity, Fordham University

Dr. Stephen J. Gaudet was once a Fellow in non secular reports at Harvard college the place he studied and accomplished his thesis less than the path of Professor Helmut Koester. He additionally has a historical past in technology, incomes levels in biochemistry and engaging in study on the nationwide Institutes of well-being and has taught on the collage point. also, he additionally holds a Juris Doctorate.

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