St. Paul and Epicurus (Minnesota Archive Editions)

St. Paul and Epicurus (Minnesota Archive Editions)

Norman Wentworth DeWitt


St. Paul and Epicurus used to be first released in 1954. Minnesota Archive versions makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.

Everyone who's attention-grabbing within the that means of the Bible will locate this a revealing learn, for it opens up a brand new window at the New testomony, a window that was once walled up centuries in the past through prejudice. Professor DeWitt throws new gentle at the writings of the Apostle Paul by way of exhibiting how they have been stimulated via the lessons of the Greek thinker Epicurus.

The Epicureanism can have a spot in Christian faith could come as a shock to these acquainted with the traditional idea of the philosophy of Epicurus. As verified within the that means of the English note epicure,derived from the identify of the traditional thinker, the fashionable international has lengthy linked Epicurus with the indulgence of sensual excitement in foodstuff and drink.

But, as Professor DeWitt makes transparent either during this quantity and in its predecessor, Epicurus and His Philosophy, the pleasures which the traditional Greek espoused as constituting the executive sturdy of lifestyles weren't the pleasures of the flesh. The advantage and the trap, besides the fact that, of the Epicurean ethic, which allied happiness with excitement, have been so beautiful and so broadly stated that Paul had no selection yet to undertake it and bless it for his fans with the sanction of faith. He couldn't, even though, admit indebtedness to a thinker who had lengthy been accused of sensualism and atheism, and there has been no selection, hence, yet to consign Epicurus to anonymity.

Through his scholarly research into the Epicurean resource of sure parts of the Epistles, Professor DeWitt presents new factors or translations for seventy-six biblical verses. The shut scrutiny of biblical passages is performed, no longer in a spirit of vandalism, yet in a quest for accuracy, and the result's a not easy, readable, and soaking up book.

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