Constructing the Self: Thinking with Paul & Michel Foucault
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No. 324

By Valerie Nicolet-Anderson
September 2012
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed By Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161516993                             
288 pages
$137.50 Paper Original

Valérie Nicolet Anderson examines the way in which Paul's personality shapes his readers in his letters to the Romans. For this purpose it draws on some of the writings of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) and places them in a dialogue with the letters of Paul. In particular, it analyzes the function of the idea of ​​autonomy and self-activity complies with both writers. Through this dialogue, determined Valérie Nicolet Anderson, if Paul still plays an important role in the current discussion about the identity of thought. The approach to Paul offers a narratological interpretation of Romans, and is an interdisciplinary hermeneutics, which connects the exegesis of the New Testament and postmodern philosophy. The author designed a dynamic picture of Paul as a man whose concern is the formation of the spirit of its communities was through various strategies. It highlights the relevance of Paul's letters, by presenting their current use by European philosophers and invites you to a disciplinary engage their viewing between exegesis and philosophy.

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