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Author(s): Ken Stenstrup

ISBN13: 9780814652879

ISBN10: 0814652875


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  • The Paul s Social Network: Brothers and Sisters in Faith series focuses on the persons who constituted the Pauline network so that we may come to know them in ways befitting their first-century Mediterranean culture. In his book on Titus, Ken Stenstrup uses the character to shed light on Paul as a change agent and leader. As one of Paul s coworkers, Titus provided stability and guidance to early Jesus groups. He was welcomed by these groups and reported their hospitality to Paul. Stenstrup emphasizes the collectivistic culture of the first century and explains how this influenced the relationships between Paul, Titus, and the early Jesus groups.
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    An incisive and cogent writer, Ken Stenstrup provides his readers with models that unravel the cultural norms, perceptions, and values that shaped first-century Mediterranean persons such as Titus. The authors skillful analysis of how hospitality, gift-giving, and boasting functioned in the cultural world of Titus provides information essential for a fair reading of the New Testament. As one who successfully resolves sensitive issues within Jesus groups, Titus emerges as an innovative and respected change agent, one of Pauls most trusted partners in his proclamation of the gospel of God.

    - Joan C. Campbell, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Ken Stenstrups volume on Titus ably recognizes and addresses the cultural distance that separates many contemporary readers from the world of the New Testament epistles. His attempt to breach this gap is two-fold. First, drawing from a "generational approach model" offered by the social sciences, he locates the writings of the New Testament, including those which speak to Titus character and role as Pauls fellow missionary, within the prevailing tendencies of different developmental periods in early Christianity. Second, he introduces readers to anthropological understandings of how persons in Pauls day viewed themselves and others as collectivist persons, perceived change and causality, pursued and granted honor, and engaged in conflict. Stenstrups book offers readers a helpful illustration of how the use of social scientific concepts and models can enable readers to bridge the gap between past and present, and open up fresh ways of understanding the New Testament documents, the characters they portray, and early Christianity.

    - Karl Kuhn, Associate Professor of Religion, Lakeland College

    Pauls partner and co-worker Titus has been an underappreciated figure in New Testament studies. Ken Stenstrups analysis of Titus is thus welcome. By explaining in simple terms the first century Mediterranean contextsuch as cultural presuppositions concerning hospitality, gift giving, and collectivistic behavior Stenstrup brings Titus to life, especially as he is portrayed in Galatians and Second Corinthians.

    - Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., Associate Professor of New Testament, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

    Stenstrups rigorous application of the `generational approach model in the analysis of New Testament documents mentioning Titus maintains the high quality of books in this series. Titus as presented in fourth generation documents (Luke-Acts and the letter to Titus) is very different from the `real Titus, co-worker of Paul, presented in second generation documents (Galatians and 2 Corinthians). Earlier believers routinely recast or re-presented their ancestors for the edification of their own generation. By his thorough examination of this process, Stenstrup offers contemporary believers a solid method for and classic examples of actualizing or contextualizing biblical texts in a new generation.

    - John J. Pilch, Visiting Professor of Biblical Literature, Georgetown University, Washington, DC



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