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A Chronology of Paul’s Life and Letters: A Bibliography

If you are interested in studying the chronology of Paul’s life and letters in more detail, see Mark Allan Powell’s “Bibliography: Paul” and check out the works under the subtitle “Life and Career of Paul: Selected Topics.” Any scholar who attempts to reconstruct Paul’s biography will have to make decisions about whether to rely almost exclusively on Paul’s (undisputed?) epistles or factor in other secondary sources and about how they evaluate the historicity of the contents of the book of Acts, including answering the questions about the authorship (e.g., an eyewitness co-worker of Paul?), date (on the spectrum from 60 to 130 CE?), genre (e.g., historiography?), and sources (e.g., non-extant oral or written sources, Paul’s letters, or both) of Acts. If this bibliography were to be updated, it should include the most recent monographs on chronology: Douglas A. Campbell’s Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014) and Paul: An Apostle’s Journey (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018) and N. T. Wright’s Paul: A Biography (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2018). See also the recent interaction with Campbell in Jonathan Bernier’s “When Paul Met Sergius: An Assessment of Douglas Campbell’s Pauline Chronology for the Years 36 to 37” JBL 138.4 (2019): 829-853.

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