Our Mother Saint Paul

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  • Copyright: 2007-06-19
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Pr

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In his epistles, Paul at various points uses maternal imagery to talk about his apostolic labors, sometimes actually referring to himself as a mother. For example, Paul writes that he must behave "like a nurse caring for her own children." Later, he writes, he "is in labor again" and must continue to nurse his fellow Christians with milk. These images, though known among earlier generations of Christians, today remain largely both unacknowledged and unexplored in thinking about Paul and his work. InOur Mother Saint Paul, Beverly Gaventa retrieves these images, explores their significance for understanding apostolic ministry, and demonstrates how they point beyond their original contexts and offer unique perspectives for understanding Paul's thought as well as the larger, cosmic understanding of the gospel.

Author Biography

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Interpretations and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Maternal imagery in the letters of Paulp. 3
Apostles as infants and nursesp. 17
The maternity of Paulp. 29
Mother's milk and ministryp. 41
The birthing of creationp. 51
Is Pauline theology just a "guy thing"?p. 63
Maternal imagery in its cosmic and apocalyptic contextp. 79
The apostle and the gospelp. 85
The singularity of the gospelp. 101
"God handed them over"p. 113
The cosmic power of sin in Paul's letter to the Romansp. 125
The apocalyptic communityp. 137
The God who will not be taken for grantedp. 149
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