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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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Publishers Weekly
Murphy-O'Connor, a noted Pauline scholar, professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francais in Jerusalem and author of a previous work on the life of Paul, approaches the apostle from a critical and academic standpoint. The present work combines the biblical record with a deep understanding of the culture and geography of the region to produce an excellent, albeit inventive, biography. O'Connor draws from Paul's letters hints and shades of meaning that assist the reader in forming a consistent view of a sometimes conflicted but always fervent servant of God. The book is replete with conclusions drawn from inference, but the inferences are reasonable, and taken together, put flesh on the man. Beginning with Paul's childhood, and following him through his travels and finally to his death, Murphy-O'Connor brings Paul to life as a real person with real passions. The author nimbly handles aspects of Paul's teachings that have generated controversy, such as his views on the Jewish law or the leadership role of women. Written at a popular level, this book will be helpful as enrichment for the lay reader. Critical issues such as authorship, translation, sources and textual accuracy are mentioned only as they fit into the larger context of Paul, the man. Several maps depict the travels of Paul, and a suggested reading list offers guidance for further study. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199283842
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 811,827
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor is Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française, Jerusalem.

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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
Epilogue 235
Notes 240
Further Reading 251
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2006

    Deeply moved

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    Highly recommended

    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.

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