Saturday, September 19, 2009
Responses to Paul in the Early Chuch
In Charles Talbert's excellent Romans commentary, he lists responses to Paul in the early church:
(1) In some circles he was ignored and there was a focus on the twelve (e.g., Rev 12:14, Didache, Ep. Barn 8.3; Justin Apol 1.39, 50).
(2) Paul was appropriated by groups deemed heretical in the early church (e.g., Marcion, Valentinus, Nassenes, Sethians, etc.)
(3) There were hostile responses to Paul esp. by Jewish Christians (e.g., Acts 21.21; Ebionites, Cerinthians, Ps-Clementine Recognitions 4.35).
I should note that myself and Preston Sprinkle are editing a book on Paul in the Second Century for the LNTS series.