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Introduction

  • Joshua D. Garroway
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Abstract

Opening with a vignette describing Paul’s initial visit to Philippi in the year 43 CE (Common Era), Garroway introduces the main argument of the book—to wit that Paul coined the word euangelion, or “gospel,” to describe his unique announcement about salvation for Gentiles outside the Jewish Law and that he presented this message for the first time in Philippi. Garroway acknowledges that this claim runs up against two prevailing views: first, that the word “gospel” emerged in the Jesus movement earlier than Paul, possibly with Jesus himself, and second, that Paul believed in salvation for Gentiles outside the Law during his entire career as an apostle, beginning in the mid-30s CE. After providing brief rebuttals to these entrenched positions, Garroway outlines the course of the book.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua D. Garroway
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  1. 1.Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of ReligionLos AngelesUSA

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