Paul: A Critical Life / Edition 1

Paul: A Critical Life / Edition 1

by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
     
 

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

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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.

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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
Abbreviations
1The Chronological Framework1
2Growing Up in Tarsus32
3A Pharisee in Jerusalem52
4Conversion and its Consequences71
5Learning with the Thessalonians102
6Meetings and Meals: Jerusalem and Antioch130
7The Years in Ephesus158
8Conflict in Galatia185
9Partnership at Philippi211
10Contemplation at Colossae231
11Confusion at Corinth252
12Corinth in Crisis291
13Looking Westward323
14The Last Years341
Bibliography372
Index of Passages Cited396
General Index410

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