Paul A Critical Life

ISBN-10: 0192853422
ISBN-13: 9780192853424
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
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Description: Here Jerome Murphy-O'Connor presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic account of the life of Paul than has ever previously been attempted. From his childhood in Tarsus and his years as a student in Jerusalem to the successes and  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Here Jerome Murphy-O'Connor presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic account of the life of Paul than has ever previously been attempted. From his childhood in Tarsus and his years as a student in Jerusalem to the successes and failures of his ministry, this biography has no peer in terms of its detailed reconstructions of Paul's movements and motives. Traditionally, the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for the lives of Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has been called into question. Despite the accuracy of many details, they have been linked in ways which reflect the interests of Luke rather than objective reality. Critical assessment is called for if they are to be incorporated into a life of Paul. The prime source for a reconstruction of the Apostle's life must be his own writings. Recent advances in the study of the letters have brought to light new depths which enables them to be used for biographical purposes. The originality of this book lies in the combination of these two approaches, which are reinforced by close attention to the social and cultural aspects of Paul's ministry as revealed by archaeology and contemporary texts--and it transforms a fountain of theological ideas into a human being.

Preface
Abbreviations
The Chronological Framework
Growing Up in Tarsus
A Pharisee in Jerusalem
Conversion and Its Consequences
Learning with the Thessalonians
Meetings and Meals: Jerusalem and Antioch
The Years in Ephesus
Conflict in Galatia
Partnership at Philippi
Contemplation at Colossae
Confusion at Corinth
Corinth in Crisis
Looking Westward
The Last Years
Bibliography
Index
General Index

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