Paul: His Story / Edition 1by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
Pub. Date: 02/23/2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
For someone who has exercised such a profound influence on Christian theology, Paul remains a shadowy figure behind the barrier of his complicated and difficult biblical letters. Debates about his meaning have deflected attention from his personality, yet his personality is an important key to understanding his theological ideas. This book redresses the balance.… See more details below
For someone who has exercised such a profound influence on Christian theology, Paul remains a shadowy figure behind the barrier of his complicated and difficult biblical letters. Debates about his meaning have deflected attention from his personality, yet his personality is an important key to understanding his theological ideas. This book redresses the balance. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor's disciplined imagination, nourished by a lifetime of research, shapes numerous textual, historical, and archaeological details into a colourful and enjoyable story of which Paul is the flawed but undefeated hero.
This chronological narrative offers new insights into Paul's intellectual, emotional, and religious development and puts his travels, mission, and theological ideas into a plausible biographical context. As he changes from an assimilated Jewish teenager in Tarsus to a competitive Pharisee in Jerusalem and then to a driven missionary of Christ, the sometimes contradictory components of Paul's complex personality emerge from the way he interacts with people and problems. His theology was forged in dialogue and becomes more intelligible as our appreciation of his person deepens. In Jerome Murphy-O'Connor's engaging biography, the Apostle comes to life as a complex, intensely human individual.
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Table of Contents
|List of Figures|
|1||The Early Years||1|
|2||Conversion and Its Consequences||20|
|3||Apprenticeship in Antioch||38|
|4||A Journey into Europe||54|
|5||South to Achaia||76|
|6||Antioch and Jerusalem||97|
|7||The First Year in Ephesus||120|
|8||The Second Year in Ephesus||139|
|9||Conversations with Corinth||158|
|10||Macedonia and Illyricum||173|
|11||Farewell to the East||193|
|12||The Final Years||218|
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I am presently reading this book for the 4th. time! It has transformed my understanding of the Christian Gospel. It is the centrality of freedom from law which I find most moving.
Paul His Story is written with historical truth, but with the intrigue and suspense of a novel. The title aptly defines this presentation as a story, which portrays the chronological events of Paul's Christen journey and his single-minded pursuit to bring Christ into the hearts of all people. It is written with intelligence, and the result is not only an enhanced appreciation for what Paul did for the sake of Christ, but it also delivers the Christian message that opens the reader's heart to the faith of the early church. I look forward to reading Jerome Murphy-O'Connor's other books.