Paul: His Story / Edition 1

Paul: His Story / Edition 1

by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
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Paul: His Story / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199283842
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/23/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 395,584
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresxv
1The Early Years1
Going up to Jerusalem7
A City Set on a Mountain9
A Pharisee in the Holy City11
Did Paul meet Jesus in Jerusalem?15
Confrontation with Christianity16
2Conversion and Its Consequences20
Recognizing the Unrecognizable21
A Pharisee's Knowledge of Jesus22
Encounter with the Risen Lord23
Mission in Arabia25
Three Years in Damascus27
Learning a Trade28
A Hurried Departure31
Peter and Jesus32
A Messiah who should not have Died34
3Apprenticeship in Antioch38
The Third City of the Empire39
A Mixed Community41
Missions from Antioch44
A Traveller in a Strange Land48
4A Journey into Europe54
An Unexpected Visit to the Celts56
To the West and Europe61
The First Sea Journey63
Partnership at Philippi65
Missionary Strategy70
Labour in Thessalonica72
5South to Achaia76
Anxiety in Athens76
Corinth the Crossroads79
The First-fruits of Achaia85
Correspondence with Thessalonica90
Financial Matters93
A Crucial Date95
6Antioch and Jerusalem97
A Law-free Mission98
A Meeting in Jerusalem101
Trouble at Antioch107
Farewell to Antioch111
7The First Year in Ephesus120
A Return Visit to Pessinus120
Crisis in Galatia129
A Sophisticated Strategy132
8The Second Year in Ephesus139
A Mistimed Gift143
The Weaknesses of a Pastor144
Trouble at Colossae147
A Pastor at his Best151
Future Plans155
9Conversations with Corinth158
Situation Reports on Corinth159
First Corinthians163
An Unplanned Visit to Corinth167
Faithful Macedonia170
10Macedonia and Illyricum173
An Emergency Plan173
The Report of Titus175
A Carefully Crafted Letter179
Missionary in Illyricum186
Bad News from Corinth188
A Furious Response189
11Farewell to the East193
Planning for the Future194
Decisions on Tactics197
A Letter to Rome199
Journey to Jerusalem205
Reception in Jerusalem212
In Roman Custody215
12The Final Years218
A Mission to Spain218
Return to Illyricum220
Macedonia and Asia222
A Problem in Ephesus223
A Fateful Journey to Rome225
Back in a Roman Gaol228
Sentence of Death233
Further Reading251

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.