the apostle paul in the jewish imagination
isapioneeringmultidisciplinaryexaminationof Jewish perspectives on Paul of Tarsus. Here, the views of individual Jewish theolo-gians,religiousleaders,andbiblicalscholarsofthepast
years,togetherwithartistic,literary,philosophical,andpsychoanalyticalapproaches,aresetalongsidepopularcul-tural attitudes. Few Jews, historically speaking, have engaged with the ﬁrst-century Apostle to the Gentiles. The modern period has witnessed a burgeoning interest inthis topic, however, with treatments reﬂecting profound concerns about the natureof Jewish authenticity and the developing intercourse between Jews and Christians.In exploring these issues, Jewish commentators have presented Paul in a number of apparently contradictory ways. Among other things, he is both a bridge and a barrierto interfaith harmony; both the founder of Christianity and a convert to it; both ananti-JewishapostateandafellowtravelleronthepathtoJewishself-understanding;andboth the chief architect of the religious foundations of Western thought and their des-troyer.
representsanimportantcontributionto Jewish cultural studies and to the study of Jewish–Christian relations.Daniel R. Langton is Senior Lecturer in Modern Jewish–Christian Relations at theUniversity of Manchester. He is the author of
Claude Monteﬁore: His Life and Thought
), a biography of the founder of Anglo-Liberal Judaism.