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Acts & Letters


Apostle Paul's Shipwreck

Chapter from Jefferson White's Evidence and Paul's Journeys argues for the historicity of the Lukan account.

Luke's Social Location of Paul: Cultural Anthropology and the Status of Paul
in Acts

Jerome H. Neyrey's 1996 essay explores the significance of Paul's social status in Luke's account of Christian origins

Resources for the Book of Acts

Jenee Woodard's index of on-line resources for research on Acts of the Apostles (The Text This Week).


As Paul Tells It

J. Peter Bercovitz's study of Paul's letters and the book of Acts presents a chronology of Paul's career based on detailed analysis of the genuine letters.

Conflict and Community in the Corinthian Church

United Methodist Women's bible study guide for the new millennium explores the historical background of the social world of Paul with special attention to the role of women. 

The Historical Paul

Peter Richardson's class notes & tables are tools for critical historical scholarship on the self-styled apostle to the Gentiles. For advanced students (U of Toronto).

In the Footsteps of Paul

Interactive companion to Paul's journeys developed for PBS documentary Peter & Paul & the Christian Revolution.

The Manuscripts of Paul

Robert B. Waltz's tables summarize major textual critics' assessment of primary mss. of Paul's letters. Important technical tool. Posted by Rich Elliot on a Site inspired by the Encyclopedia of NT Textual Criticism.

Paul & the Pauline Epistles

Jenee Woodard's comprehensive index of on-line resources for research on the letters & life of the apostle to the gentiles with additional pages devoted specifically to Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus & Philemon (The Text This Week).

A Summary of the New Perspective on Paul

Mark M. Mattison reviews the debate on  the "new perspective" on Paul pioneered by E. P. Sanders, James D. G. Dunn and N. T. Wright.

Pauline Paradigms & Pauline Authenticity

Darrell Doughty argues that the letters of Paul are the product of a long history of reinterpretation of the apostle's positions by various schools of interpreters.

General Letters

The Manuscripts of the Catholic Epistles

Robert B. Waltz's tables summarize major textual critics' assessment of primary mss. of NT works other than the gospels & letters of Paul. Important technical tool. Posted by Rich Elliot on a Site inspired by the Encyclopedia of NT Textual Criticism.

Resources for the General Epistles

Jenee Woodard's list of on-line resources for research on the non-Pauline letters with additional pages devoted specifically to Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter & 1 John (The Text This Week).

Apocalypse (Revelation)

The Book of Revelation as Jewish Apocalyptic Literature

David M. Williams' essay on the apocalyptic genre surveys recent scholarship on its rise in post-prophetic Judaism, the common features of apocalyptic works & the distinctive characteristics of the NT Apocalypse of John.

Daniel & Revelation

B. Muller's pages on the historical focus of the major OT & NT apocalypses extracts a Jewish core from the Revelation to John composed after the fall of Jerusalem (70 CE) which was later expanded for Christian use.

Revelation, Apocalyptic & Millennial Websites

Felix Just posts information for courses & well-selected links to important cyber-resources for research on apocalypticism, ancient & modern (Loyola Marymount U).

Transforming the Imagination: John's Apocalypse as Story

David L. Barr's introduction to reading the book of Revelation as a ritual narrative.

Using Plot to Discern Structure in John's Apocalypse

David L. Barr analyzes the narrative structure  of the book of Revelation.

Who Says? Who Hears? The Narrative Rhetoric of John's Apocalypse

David L. Barr's rhetorical analysis of the book of Revelation.

Gnostic & Esoteric Sources

The Corpus Hermeticum

G. R. S. Mead's English translation of the 3rd c. Egyptian dialogues & sermons ascribed to the divine messenger Hermes Trismegistos. Poimandres & other texts provide numerous parallels to early Christian & neo-Platonic literature.

The Gnostic Society Library

Comprehensive collection of the Nag Hammadi library & other gnostic, Hermetic, Manichean & Mandaean texts with access to sources of the Jewish kabbala & other mystics.

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This page was revised 30 January 2023       


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