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Paul in Chains
Paul in Chains
Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul
Richard J. Cassidy sheds new light on the relationship between the earliest Christians and Roman authorities. A revealing look at how St. Paul's lengthy imprisonment caused him to change his views about Roman rule and secular power.
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“'Remember my chains.' With these words from Colossians 4:18 as a catalyst, Cassidy offers a fresh interpretation of Paul’s stance toward the highest authorities of the Roman empire. This volume will need to be taken seriously by specialists but is accessible to the general reader as well. Highly recommended.”
—Charles H. Talbert, distinguished professor of religion, Baylor University
"From the beginning of his truly productive academic career, Richard J. Cassidy has had a keen interest in determining the precise relationship between the earliest Christians and the political environment in which they found themselves. The present book will surely prove of interest to New Testament scholars, especially to specialists in Paul and to those interested in the relationship between the early Christians and the Romans.”
—Robert F. O’Toole, S.J., rector, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
"Provocative and committed as always, Cassidy asks some fundamental questions about Paul’s attitude(s) to Roman power and performs a valuable service in forcing us to rethink the dynamics of some well-known texts.”
—Loveday C. Alexander, professor of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield
"In this major study, Cassidy explores the neglected topic of Paul’s imprisonment as an influence on his letters. With its fresh assessments of the chronology of the letters, development in Paul’s stance toward Roman rule, and the nature of his captivity, Paul in Chains makes important contributions that will surely provoke admiration and controversy.”
—Beverly R. Gaventa, professor of New Testament literature and exegesis, Princeton Theology Seminary
“A new climax in Professor Cassidy’s long study of the New Testament and politics. Paul in Chains rightly sets him and his letter to the Philippians in a Roman world. Cassidy’s bold proposal will prompt much discussion."
—John Reumann, professor of New Testament (emeritus), Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
"Cassidy has the wonderful gift of opening our eyes to see things afresh. In this book he gives us sight to see the harsh reality behind 'Paul in Chains' and what Paul’s experience of chains means for the interpretation of Paul’s letters especially Roman 13:1-7 and Philippians. With marvelous insight and excitement Cassidy paints the picture of Paul contesting Nero’s pomp and lasciviousness and professing Jesus Christ as Lord to the point of being in chains.”
—Robert J. Karris, O.F.M., professor, St. Bonaventure University