Why Did Paul Skip Alexandria? Paul's Missionary Strategy and the Rise of Christianity in Alexandria

Schliesser, Benjamin (2021). Why Did Paul Skip Alexandria? Paul's Missionary Strategy and the Rise of Christianity in Alexandria. New Testament studies, 67(2), pp. 260-283. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0028688520000296

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Why did Paul skip Alexandria? Why is there a blank spot on his missionary map? What prompted him to make plans to travel west rather than south? The lack of scholarly interest in this question is almost as conspicuous as the lack of sources for earliest Christianity in Alexandria. This article surveys and categorises the rather random hypotheses offered in scholarship. They relate to Paul's self-understanding as a missionary, to his theological raison d’être, to religious and cultural aspects, and to political circumstances. The most plausible answer concerns early Christian mission strategy: Paul skipped Alexandria because it was a Jewish city and as such part of the Jewish-Christian mission.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of New Testatment Studies
01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of New Testatment Studies > Literature and Theology of the New Testament

UniBE Contributor:

Schliesser, Benjamin

Subjects:

200 Religion > 220 The Bible
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity

ISSN:

0028-6885

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Benjamin Schliesser

Date Deposited:

27 Apr 2021 16:30

Last Modified:

27 Apr 2021 16:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0028688520000296

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/155472

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/155472

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