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Pauline Exegesis in Patristic Commentaries of Old Testament Prophets: The Example of Julian of Aeclanum's Tractatus in Amos

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Josef Lössl

Cardiff UniversityNone
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The surge in Pauline exegesis in the Latin world during the late fourth / early fifth century has been referred to as a “Pauline Renaissance”. It produced numerous Pauline commentaries and led to a presence of Pauline motifs in many areas of late Roman cultural and intellectual life. This article is an attempt to show how it influenced not only New Testament but also Old Testament exegesis. Julian of Aeclanum’s Tractatus in Amos draws direct links between the figures of Amos and Paul and thus offers a re-interpretation not only of the role of Old Testament prophecy in late antique Christianity but, almost more importantly, of the role of Paul and his “call”, or, as it is more frequently understood, his “conversion”, from Jewish zealot to Christian apostle. What is suggested here, among other things, is that the link between Amos and Paul in the Tractatus in Amos leads to a greater appreciation of the role of Jewish prophecy and teaching in early Christian thought and of Paul’s Jewish identity.
How to Cite: Lössl, J., (2010). Pauline Exegesis in Patristic Commentaries of Old Testament Prophets: The Example of Julian of Aeclanum's Tractatus in Amos. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture. 4, pp.1–27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2010.10301
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Published on 15 Dec 2010.
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