A month or so ago, I introduced to you two authors’ posts about new LNTS volumes. I have now received another post, which I hope you’ll find informative. This very interesting collection of essays is already published in the UK and will be ready for readers in the US at the beginning of July 2011. So, without further ado here it is:
The second century was a tumultuous time for the church who had to wrestle with deviations of belief influenced by hyper-Hellenism, spasmodic persecution by Roman authorities, criticism from pagan intellectuals, and occasional departures from an assumed moral framework by certain figures in the church. It was in the midst of such difficulties that a great many voices came forward to define the doctrines and guiding characteristics of what they considered “genuine” Christianity. The interest of Paul and the Second Century is to explore how great an impact Paul made on the minds engaged in this endeavor.
Therefore, “this volume represents cutting edge research that combines experts in Pauline studies with experts in Second Century Christianity to identify the formative influence that Paul had on Second Century Christian groups and writings."