Paul: A Critical Life / Edition 1

Paul: A Critical Life / Edition 1

by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192853422

ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Traditionally the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for biographies of the Apostle Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has come into question. Many scholars argue that, despite the accuracy of many details, the text as a whole reflects the interests of Luke rather than objective reality.

This book presents a completely

Overview

Traditionally the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for biographies of the Apostle Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has come into question. Many scholars argue that, despite the accuracy of many details, the text as a whole reflects the interests of Luke rather than objective reality.

This book presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic, account of the life of Paul than any before. While continuing to give consideration to the Acts, Murphy-O'Connor reconstructs the apostle's life—from his childhood in Taursus and his years as a student in Jerusalem, to the successes and failures of his ministry—from his own writings. Reinforcing his critical analysis of Paul's letters with close attention to archaeology and contemporary texts, Murphy-O'Connor not only charts Paul's movements, but extracts a new understanding of his motives and the social and cultural aspects of his ministry. Most important of all, this biography transforms a fountain of theological ideas into a human being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192853424
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
xii
Abbreviations xiii
The Chronological Framework
1(31)
The Evidence from the Pauline Letters
1(7)
The Evidence from the Acts of the Apostles
8(16)
Developing a Chronology for Paul's Life
24(8)
Growing Up in Tarsus
32(20)
The City of Tarsus
33(2)
The Family of Paul
35(11)
Education
46(6)
A Pharisee in Jerusalem
52(19)
A Student in Jerusalem?
52(7)
Pharisaic Studies
59(3)
A Married Man
62(3)
Persecutor of the Church
65(6)
Conversion and its Consequences
71(31)
Conversion
72(9)
Arabia
81(4)
Damascus
85(5)
Jerusalem
90(5)
The Missing Years
95(7)
Learning with the Thessalonians
102(28)
Contacts with Thessalonica
104(10)
Thessalonica and its Christians
114(5)
Maintenance differs from Mission
119(11)
Meetings and Meals: Jerusalem and Antioch
130(28)
The Jerusalem Conference
131(7)
Why did James agree with Paul on Circumcision?
138(4)
The Agreement
142(2)
The Collection
144(2)
Antioch and its Jews
146(3)
The Problems of a Mixed Community
149(3)
The Law a Rival to Christ
152(2)
Pastoral Instruction
154(4)
The Years in Ephesus
158(27)
Two Journeys through Asia Minor to the West
159(7)
Ephesus
166(5)
The Founding of the Church
171(2)
Missionary Expansion
173(2)
Imprisonment
175(5)
The Date of Galatians
180(2)
An Ephesian Chronology
182(3)
Conflict in Galatia
185(26)
Galatia: Land and People
185(6)
Paul's Ministry in Galatia
191(2)
The Cause of the Crisis
193(6)
Paul's Response
199(12)
Partnership at Philippi
211(20)
Philippi
211(4)
A Series of Letters
215(5)
The Letter from Prison
220(8)
The Letter of Warning
228(3)
Contemplation at Colossae
231(21)
The Lycus Valley
231(3)
Missionary Strategy
234(3)
Paul's Apostolic Office
237(3)
The Cosmic Christ
240(7)
Eschatology and Ethics
247(1)
The Household Code
248(2)
Did Paul visit Colossae?
250(2)
Confusion at Corinth
252(39)
Letters to Corinth
252(4)
The Road from Athens to the Isthmus
256(3)
The Narrative of Acts
259(6)
The Evangelization of Corinth
265(8)
A Turbulent Community
273(5)
Contacts with Corinth
278(2)
The Kaleidoscope Letter
280(11)
Corinth in Crisis
291(32)
An Unplanned Visit
291(6)
The Painful Letter
297(1)
Departure for Troas
298(3)
The Report of Titus
301(7)
Winter in Macedonia
308(6)
Plans for the Collection
314(2)
Once Again a Missionary
316(1)
Bad News from Corinth
317(6)
Looking Westward
323(18)
The Textual Problems of Romans
324(4)
Planning for the Future
328(4)
The Writing of the Letter to the Romans
332(9)
The Last Years
341(31)
An Uncertain Future
341(2)
A Farewell Circuit of the Aegean Sea
343(4)
Paul's Reception in Jerusalem
347(4)
A Roman Prisoner
351(5)
The Pastoral Letters
356(3)
Rome and Spain
359(4)
Once More the Aegean
363(1)
The Problem of Timothy
364(2)
What did the Future Hold?
366(2)
Martyrdom
368(4)
Bibliography 372(38)
Index of Passages Cited:
I: Old Testament
396(1)
II: New Testament
397(8)
III: Jewish Writings
405(2)
IV: Christian Writings
407(1)
V: Classical Authors
407(3)
General Index 410

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