The introduction provides an overview of the argument of the book and clarifies some points of methodology. The problem to be addressed by the book is the ostensible scarcity of early Jewish “messiah” references alongside the wealth of “messiah” references in the Pauline epistles. The methodology employed is broadly historical-critical, with a particular focus on philology and social linguistics. Several crucial terms (e.g., “Pauline epistles,” “messiah language,” “messianism”) are defined and their definitions defended. The stated aim of the study is not to determine Jewish influences on, backgrounds to, or parallels with Paul, but rather to consider Paul as evidence of one strand of early Jewish thought. Finally, a chapter-by-chapter outline of the argument of the book is given.
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