Paul's use of metamorphosis in its Graeco-Roman and Jewish contexts

Eliezer González

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In many different ways, the concept of change, which is a "fundamental philosophical problem" in ancient Greek thought, is also a central idea in the writings of Paul. The Apostle would not only have been familiar with the constructs of change within Graeco-Roman culture, since Paul would have also been familiar with related ideas within his own Jewish culture. In this context, this paper will specifically explore how Paul used the idea of "metamorphosis" in ways that were understandable within both the Jewish and Hellenistic cultures of his time, and how he subordinated the contemporary understandings of metamorphosis to the gospel that he preached.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-76
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Metamorphosis
  • Paul
  • Graeco-Roman culture
  • Jewish culture
  • Hellenistic culture


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