The Dialogue between the Eastern Orthodox Interpretation of Paul and the New Perspective on Paul Regarding the Exegesis of Phil 3

This paper discusses the classical question of whether or not Philippians 3 attests to the fact that Paul experienced conversion. The question of conversion, however, is viewed from an unconventional perspective. The analysis does not focus only on the reconstruction of Paul’s biographical narrative and his ongoing transformation but also on patterns of continuity between his pre-conversion life and the new reality in Christ. At this point, we compare the way Eastern-Orthodox Fathers and the advocates of the New Perspective on Paul understand the continuity between Law and Christ with regard to Phil 3. The survey also engages impulses from interdisciplinary conversion research, which help to reevaluate the coexistence of patterns of continuity and discontinuity in reflections of religious transformation experiences.