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Why Did Paul Go West? Jewish Historical Narrative and Thought
London u. a.: Bloomsbury T & T Clark 2013. 181 S. = T & T Clark Jewish and Christian Texts Series, 15. Geb. US$ 120,00. ISBN 978-0-567-36469-2.
The volume by Doron Mendels brings together ten separate yet interconnected essays that examine Jewish narratives (esp. 1Maccabees) and thought, centering around the themes of Jewish identity, the role of memory, historiography, gift giving and its relation to honor, and political theology. Most chapters were originally de-livered as talks or previously published, and build on ideas from M.’s previous work, particularly his treatment of Hasmonean political history in Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism (1997) and the exploration of memory in Memory in Jewish, Pagan, and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World (2004).
On the subject of political theology, M. posits an evolutionary development that begins with the judges and kings and ends with the Hasmoneans. ...
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