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Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical
     

Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical

by Anne Davison
 

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It is often said that without Paul the Apostle there would have been no Christian Church. Certainly it was Paul who took the message of Christ beyond the region of Palestine to the Gentiles of Asia Minor and it was Paul who established the first Churches across Anatolia and beyond, into the Greek Peninsula. It is therefore arguable that if it had not been for Paul,

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It is often said that without Paul the Apostle there would have been no Christian Church. Certainly it was Paul who took the message of Christ beyond the region of Palestine to the Gentiles of Asia Minor and it was Paul who established the first Churches across Anatolia and beyond, into the Greek Peninsula. It is therefore arguable that if it had not been for Paul, the Church would not have become the worldwide Faith that it is today.
It is also arguable that without the structure of the Roman Empire of the First Century, the early Church would not have spread as it did.
This book places Paul in his historical context; the Graeco-Roman world of the First Century.
Part One of the book explains how the Eastern Mediterranean came to be Greek in culture but Roman in government.
Part Two looks at the life of a Jew or Christian at that time, living under Roman rule.
Part Three follows the life of Paul; a Roman Citizen, an urban, well-educated Jew of the Diaspora; born in Tarsus, which was then a prosperous and cosmopolitan port city.
This is not another Biblical study on the life of St Paul, or a work of Christian apologetics. Rather it looks at the radical Jew of the First Century who challenged the status quo. He was a man who faced both the hostility of the Jews and the might of the Roman Empire.
Containing some useful maps, it is short and accessible and should appeal to the general reader who is interested in the man Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical, from a historical perspective rather than the more usual avenue, through Scripture.
This book is the second (the first being From the Medes to the Mullahs) in the 'In Brief series; Books for Busy People'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492900450
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/14/2013
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)

Meet the Author

Anne has had a life-long interest in history and the religions of the world. This led to studying both topics for her first Degree and later for her Doctorate.

For many years she was Adviser in Inter Religious Relations with the Church of England. She was also Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches in Geneva and has sat on numerous advisory bodies for Inter Religious Relations.

For several years she co-organised a Youth Exchange Programme for young Jews, Christians and Muslims between Jerusalem and East London and in recognition of her work in inter-religious relations was made a Lay Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral.

She is a Visiting Lecturer at various universities and regularly lectures throughout the UK and on cruise ships. She is also an accredited lecturer with the National Association of Fine Arts Societies

Anne is author of From the Medes to the Mullahs: a history of Iran.

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