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Title: The chronology of Saint Paul
Author: Osborne, Robert Ernest
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1966
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This thesis has a two-fold purpose. First, it is an attempt to fill a great need since there has not appeared in over a century a book devoted solely to the chronology of St. Paul. Secondly, it seeks to evaluate the theories of modern scholars in so far as they claim to offer a reconstruction of the accepted chronology. This writer maintains that a decision must first be made concerning the value of the sources and concludes that Luke is a reliable historian so that in any reconstruction of Pauline chronology both the Epistles and Acts must be regarded as basically trustworthy documents. The proposal made in America by John Knox that Paul's Enistles alone provide the only reliable source for his chronology is therefore rejected. The terminus a quo for Pauline chronology is the date of the Crucifixion, which this writer places in A.D. 33. The argument for this relatively late date is based on the evidence of the Johannine chronology and astronomical calculations. Considerable space is devoted to the study of the chronological notices found in the Epistles and Acts. The problem of the identification of the visits to Jerusalem in Galatians and Acts is decided in favour of Galatians 2: 1-10 being identified with Acts 11: 30 and 12: 25. A consideration of the chronological order of the Enistles is made in the light of ancient and modern theories and the following order proposed: Galatians, I & II Thessalonians, II Corinthians 6: lh-7: 1, I Corinthians, II Corinthians 10-13, II Corinthians 1-9, Romans, Philipnians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians (if Pauline). The Pastoral Epistles are believed to contain genuine Pauline fragments but were composed by an ardent Paulinist long after the anostle's death. Paul's missionary journeys are concluded to have begun in the spring of A.D. h7 and to have ended in the spring of A.D. 97. The voyage to Rome occupies the latter part of A.D. 59 and the early part of A.D. 60. The year A.D. 62 is fixed as the terminus ad quern for Paul's chronology. No attempt is made to go beyond the evidence provided in the sources. Five maps and seventeen tables are inserted where relevant. The conclusions of the research are summarized in a chronological table. A chart is also included which gives the chronological schemes of scholars both past and present.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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