Saturday, January 16, 2010

Does St Paul know anything about the historical Jesus?

That's the question that causes numerous sleepless nights for New Testament scholars like Kar Yong and Tony. Many have attempted to answer this question with technical journal articles and comprehensive section in monographs on St. Paul. And none has given the most lucid, succinct, and nonetheless witty answer as the prominent Charles H. Dodd:

"...when Paul met Peter (Galatians 1.18), "We may presume they did not spend all their time talking about the weather."
(C.H. Dodd, The Apostolic Preaching and its Developments [UK: Hodder & Stoughon, 1936], 26, as quoted in Anthony Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and his Thought [UK: SPCK, 2009], 21)

P/S: I'm wondering why only Malaysian scholars (Anthony Loke, Kar Yong, Kam Weng, Tony, etc) maintain blogs?

3 comments:

Kar Yong said...

"...when Paul met Peter (Galatians 1.18), "We may presume they did not spend all their time talking about the weather." I think Dodd is right as Paul and Peter were not in England and both were not English!! Only the English are obsessed with the weather and perhaps football

Haha...

Sze Zeng said...

HAHaHaHaHa! That's a good one, KY.

Israel Lee said...

he could have asked Barnabas and Ananias after conversion. he could also have known about the Lord as an enemy before his conversion through his religious social network. but the interesting part would be to understand what he thought about the Lord and the Scriptures while in Arabia right after his conversion.