Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and Its Contexts

Author:   Michael Kaler
Publisher:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Pages:   276
Publication Date:   30 November 2008
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Author:   Michael Kaler
Publisher:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Imprint:   Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.90cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.524kg
ISBN:  

9781554580446


ISBN 10:   1554580447
Pages:   276
Publication Date:   30 November 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
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"Flora Tells a Story: The Apocalypse of Paul and its Contexts edited by Michael Kaler Acknowledgements Introduction The Text English Translation of the Apocalypse of Paul (NHC V,2) Flora Tells a Story: A Fictional Account of the Creation of the Apocalypse of Paul Introduction The Story Section One: """"The Apocalypse of Paul is a text..."""" Presentation of the Manuscript, Editio Princeps, and Translations/Editions History of Research Section Two: """"written in the late 2nd or early 3rd century by a gnostic (possibly Valentinian) author..."""" Introduction Patristic References to the Apocalypse of Paul Similarities between Adv. Haer. II, 30.7 and the Apocalypse of Paul Ramifications of This Conclusion Is It Gnostic? Is It Valentinian? Conclusion Section Three: """"showing the apostle Paul..."""" Introduction Towards an Expanded Definition of Paulinism Koschorke, and the Importance of Supplementing Koschorke The Figure of Paul in the Apocalypse of Paul The Apocalyptic Paul Conclusion to This Section Section Four: """"as an apocalyptic hero..."""" Introduction Apocalypse/ Apocalyptic/ Apocalypticism The Apocalypses Characteristics of the Apocalyptic Genre The Apocalypse of Adam The Apocalypse of Paul Other Examples Francis Cairns Alistair Fowler Conclusions Rhetorical Strategy/Authority A Transposition of Heavens? The Place of the Apocalypse of Paul in the Apocalyptic Literary Tradition Conclusion Section Five: """"...in order to authoritatively present a gnostic understanding of the cosmos and the Pauline writings."""" Introduction The Story The Author's Use of Her Sources Christian Initiation Ecclesiology Conclusion General Conclusion Works Consulted Indexes People (Ancient or Mythical) and Ancient Groups People: Modern Ancient Books: Hebrew Bible/New Testament Other Ancient Writings Ancient Places"

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``This fine monograph offers a clear and helpful introduction to the Apocalypse of Paul, a short tale of heavenly ascent which has been preserved as part of Nat Hammadi Codec V,2.... This is an exemplary work. Kaler is master both of his primary text and of a great deal of secondary literature, and he writes with clarity and wit, taking care not to ask the fragmentary ancient evidence to bear more than it reasonably can, and drawing clear but cautious and nuanced conclusions. I found the story that he included both engrossing and intriguing (as he hoped that his readers would), and I would recommend enthusiastically both it and the rest of this book to anyone wanting a sympathetic and accessible account that helps modern readers to understand the appreal of ancient Christian Gnosticism. This book offers a great deal both to students and to specialists in early Christian studies.'' -- Andrew Gregory -- Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 32: 5, 2010, 201010


This fine monograph offers a clear and helpful introduction to the <i>Apocalypse of Paul</i>, a short tale of heavenly ascent which has been preserved as part of Nat Hammadi Codec V,2.... This is an exemplary work. Kaler is master both of his primary text and of a great deal of secondary literature, and he writes with clarity and wit, taking care not to ask the fragmentary ancient evidence to bear more than it reasonably can, and drawing clear but cautious and nuanced conclusions. I found the story that he included both engrossing and intriguing (as he hoped that his readers would), and I would recommend enthusiastically both it and the rest of this book to anyone wanting a sympathetic and accessible account that helps modern readers to understand the appreal of ancient Christian Gnosticism. This book offers a great deal both to students and to specialists in early Christian studies.''--Andrew Gregory Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 32: 5, 2010


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Michael Kaler is a specialist in the study of early Christianity and particularly gnosticism, a loose assortment of distinctive beliefs about the nature of God, reality, and humanity. He has worked and published with Université Laval's prestigious Bibliothéque copte de Nag Hammadi project and has taught at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. His work on Paul, gnosticism, and early Christianity has been published in Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Early Christian Studies, and other journals.

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