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Apostle to the Conquered, paperback edition: Reimagining Paul's Mission

Apostle to the Conquered, paperback edition: Reimagining Paul's Mission

What did Paul mean by identifying himself as "apostle to the nations"? Davina C. Lopez finds the surprising answer in the way the Roman Empire depicted the relationship between conquering and conquered peoples in myths, inscriptions, and especially in the visual repertoire of statues and reliefs found in every Roman city. While Roman power was represented as aggressive and masculine, conquered peoples were systematically represented by images of helpless women.

Lopez uses this key to unlock the themes of Paul's apostleship in a gender-critical "re-imagination" of his mission. Tracing themes of conquest and domination throughout sources contemporary with Paul, Lopez shows that Paul's language of "the nations" would have been heard by his contemporaries as confronting the Roman ideology of power and expressing solidarity with defeated peoples. Apostle to the Conquered reveals the subversive heart of Paul's theology, reframing his "conversion" in terms of "consciousness", and his exhortations as a politics of the new creation.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800697693
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 280
  • Publication Date October 1, 2010


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"Davina Lopez has dramatically reframed two enduring themes of Pauline scholarship in this book. Paul's 'gentiles' gain a crucial new theo-political meaning. Gender in Paul's thought obtains stunning new vistas as well, which reorder the entire debate. With striking visuals from the ancient world and incisive analysis of texts, Lopez joins Brigitte Kahl in recasting Pauline scholarship for the future."
—Hal Taussig, Visiting Professor of New Testament,
Union Theological Seminary in New York