How Paul's radical theology turned the world-and God- upside down Georgi's innovative and rigorous study presents Paul's ideas about God not simply in a context of Jewish apocalyptic but within the socio-political realm of the Emperor cult. The Gnostic movement and Jewish missionary theology were already part of this milieu. In Paul's letters terms like faith, peace, and gospel, together with descriptions of the return of Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4, critically appropriate first-century political language in the proclamation of a lord and savior. Georgi's book deserves the careful attention of political scientists and students of late antiquity, as well as pauline scholars. -Dierdre J. Good General Theological Seminary Foreword by Helmut Koester Preface Chapter 1 Theocracy in Israel Chapter 2 Paul and Political Praxis Chapter 3 Paul's Alternative Utopia Chapter 4 God Turned Upside Down Indexes Dieter Georgi was Frothingham Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and Professor of New Testament at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He was also author of The Opponents of Paul in Second Corinthians (Fortress Press, 1986).