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Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul: Story, Experience and Spirit (Ian W Scott) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2006) 9783161487798
Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul: Story, Experience and Spirit (Ian W Scott) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2006) 9783161487798
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Title: Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul: Story, Experience and Spirit

Author: Scott, Ian W

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9783161487798

Volumes: 1; Pages: xvii, 341

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Ian W. Scott explores the way of knowing that is assumed by Paul's argumentation in his letters. Paul presumes that a kind of hermeneutical reason plays a central role in religious knowing, once it has been freed from the moral corruption endemic to human beings. His theological knowledge is structured as a story, and ethical reasoning involves "emplotting" human beings within that story. Paul never tries to justify the narrative itself, but his argument in Galatians suggests that this story remains open to change in light of new experiences. Novel events such as the crucifixion or the Galatians, reception of the Spirit, since they are part of the unfolding story, may force a reinterpretation of the prior theological narrative. Paul's narrative reasoning is thus responsive to the world, even though it is not justified in a foundationalist fashion. His implicit epistemology also suggests a model of theological and ethical inquiry in which change and development can be an organic outgrowth of tradition.ContentsPrefaceTable of ContentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: A Dilemma, a Question, and a Sketch of the Answer 1. The Dilemma 2. The Question 3. The Strategy of This Study 4. CaveatsPart One: Human Reason in Paul's Letters I. Paul's Explicit Statements about Human Reasoning 1. Romans 1:18-32 2. 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:16 II. Paul and Rationality: The Broader Picture 1. Reason in Ethical Deliberation 2. Reason in Theological Inquiry and Conversion 3. The Nature of the Reasoning Act III. The Hermeneutics of the Cross: A Trajectory in Pauline Scholarship 1. Dieter Lhrmann 2. Leander E. Keck 3. Jrgen Becker 4. John D. MooresPart Two: The Structure of Paul's Knowledge IV. Paul's Mundane Knowledge 1. Tracing the Structure of Paul's Knowledge 2. Paul's Mundane Knowledge V. Paul's Theological Knowledge 1. Paul's Theological Knowledge as Story 2. Narrative Knowledge and Paul's Analytic Discourse VI. Paul's Ethical Knowledge 1. Knowledge as Ethical Discernment 2. The Intersection of Paul's Mundane and Theological Knowledge 3. Knowing How to Navigate the Story 4. Paul as a Narrative Ethicist VII. Beyond Conceptual Knowledge 1. Non-cognitive Modes of Knowledge in Paul 2. Paul's Knowledge of God/Christ 3. Summary: Living the StoryPart Three: Coming to Knowledge in Paul's Letter to the Galatians VIII. Reading the World: Paul's Narrative Reasoning 1. Emplotting Paul and His Audience (Galatians 1:1-2:14) 2. Paul's Narrative Logic of Reconfiguration IX. The Interpretive "Gaps" at the Heart of Paul's Argument 1. Clearing Ground: Issues in the Interpretation of Gal 2:16 2. Reconfiguring the Story after the Cross (2:15-21) 3. Reconfiguring the Story after the Galatians' Experience (3:1-5) X. The Coherence of the Reconfigured Story 1. Reconfiguring the Episode of Abraham (3:6-9) 2. Reconfiguring Israel's Broader Story (3:10-14) 3. Paul's Use of Analogy in Reconfigurational Argument (3:15-18) 4. Facing a Possible Incoherence (3:19-24) XI. Re-emplotting the Audience 1. Emplotting the Audience (3:25-4:11) 2. Ethical Analogies Within the Story (2:21-5:12) 3. The Ethical Implications of the Galatians' Role (5:13-6:10)Conclusions: Living the Story 1. Paul's Narrative Logic 2. Filling the Gaps in Paul's Talk about Knowledge 3. Dilemmas Old and NewBibliography 1. Primary Texts 2. Secondary SourcesIndex of Ancient Sources 1. Old Testament 2. Apocrypha 3. New Testament 4. Dead Sea Scrolls 5. Jewish Pseudepigrapha 6. Philo of Alexandria 7. Flavius Josephus 8. Rabbinic Literature 9. Early Christian Writings 10. Other Ancient Works and PapyriIndex of Early Commentators and Modern Authors Index of Subjects and Key Terms
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