Stanley E. Porter, Ph.D. (1988) in Biblical Studies and Linguistics, the University of Sheffield, is President, Dean and Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has published extensively in New Testament and related subjects. He has also edited the first three volumes in the Pauline Studies series, The Pauline Canon (Brill, 2004), Paul and His Opponents (Brill, 2005), and Paul and His Theology (Brill, 2006).
Contributors include: Sean A. Adams, Panayotis Coutsoumpos, Craig A. Evans, Ron C. Fay, Jim Harrison, Ronald F. Hock, Craig S. Keener, Tobias Nicklas, Andrew W. Pitts, and Michael J. Thate.
all those interested in Pauline studies, in particular the world in which Paul lived, and wider new Testament and related scholarship of the Greco-Roman world
This collection of twelve studies admirably maps out the intellectual, social and religious worl in which Paul was located....The contents of this volume are both rich and varied...The studies collected here do address significant factors that influenced Paul, and at times offer new insights into Paul's Sitz im Leben.
Paul Foster, Expository Times, June 2009
'Porter’s first four volumes have brought scholars from various persuasions, traditions and countries together and given them the opportunity to present their views to an international audience. The quality of their contributions is impressive. Porter is to be thanked for his own contributions and the effort involved in bringing the series together.'
Christoph Stenschke, Religion and Theology 16, 2009
Table of contents
Defining the Parameters of Paul’s World: An Introduction
Stanley E. Porter
The Problem of Paul’s Social Class: Further Reflections
Ronald F. Hock
Hellenistic Schools in Jerusalem and Paul’s Rhetorical Education
Andrew W. Pitts
Greco-Roman Concepts of Deity
Ron C. Fay
Paul and the Athletic Ideal in Antiquity: A Case Study in Wrestling with Word and Image
Crucifixion in the Ancient World: A Response to L.L. Welborn
Sean A. Adams
The Languages that Paul Did Not Speak
Stanley E. Porter
Paul at the Ball: Eccclesia Victor and the Cosmic Defeat of Personified Evil in Romans 16:20
Michael J. Thate
Paul, the Cults in Corinth, and the Corinthian Correspondence
Ephesians 5:18-19 and Religious Intoxication in the World of Paul
Craig A. Evans
The Letter to Philemon: A Discussion with J. Albert Harrill
Some Rhetorical Techniques in Acts 24:2-21
Craig S. Keener
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors