Book Review: Norman R. Petersen, "Rediscovering Paul: Philemon and the Sociology of Paul's Narrative World"
Far too many scholarly efforts realize no more than secondary or tertiary level influence, primarily, I think, on account of the scholar's failure to raise, formulate, and address big questions and issues that can seize the imagination of other scholars and intelligent lay readers. Too many other scholarly efforts become no more than flawed, hopeless attempts to frame and engage the big questions and issues, primarily in this case, I think, on account of the scholar's short "reach" and lack of requisite background. In short, much too often in most disciplines, scholarly production has the character either of "low aim" or ambitious reckless overshooting, among other problems.
Wimbush, Vincent L. (1988), Rev. of Rediscovering Paul: Philemon and the Sociology of Paul's Narrative World by Norman R. Petersen. Religious Studies Review 14: 121-124. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0922.1988.tb00295.x