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A Short Book About Paul

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Most books about Paul the apostle are long and very detailed, and for many a potential reader a daunting prospect. A Short Book about Paul is deliberately brief, but its brevity is not at the cost of accuracy. We...


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Most books about Paul the apostle are long and very detailed, and for many a potential reader a daunting prospect. A Short Book about Paul is deliberately brief, but its brevity is not at the cost of accuracy.

We trace the main contours of Paul's life, which turn on the hinge of the singular event outside Damascus in c. AD 34. From that time the leading persecutor of the disciples became the dedicated preacher of the message about Jesus.

This short book shares with many the opinion that Paul remains the most influential voice from Greco-Roman antiquity apart, that is, from the Lord whose servant he was. At the same time, many critics have found fault with him, especially from the time of the Enlightenment.

Paul's achievements were considerable. Between AD 47-56 he established a network of congregations in five Roman provinces-Syria-Cilicia, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia, and Asia. His thirteen surviving letters are witnesses to his dedicated pastoral care of these tiny, far-flung gatherings. Not to be missed was his remarkable skill in recruiting a small army of loyal coworkers like Timothy, Luke, and Titus.

The result of Paul's decade-long journeys in the provinces of Anatolia and Greece was the planting of the seeds of Christianity that would develop into the official religion of the eastern Roman Empire, based in Constantinople.

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"In relatively small compass, this book succeeds not only as a basic introduction to Paul and his thought, but also as a corrective to common misunderstandings of the apostle, and as an appreciation of his ongoing significance for today's world. By setting Paul solidly in his historical context, Barnett's book will promote not only more effective exegesis of Paul's letters, but also enable readers to see how the Bible finds its unity in salvation history, and its climax in the sending of God's Son."
- Donald Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

"This is now the best, brief, English-language book on the apostle Paul. It is equally attentive to history and theology. It owns up to objections to Paul and then forthrightly answers them. It never loses sight of the fact that Paul pointed to Jesus Christ and not himself. It traces Paul's still-important legacy. Readers both novice and advanced will profit from this careful exploration of the main contours of Paul's life, teaching, and testimony to Jesus."
- Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

Most books about Paul the apostle are long and very detailed, and for many a potential reader a daunting prospect. A Short Book about Paul is deliberately brief, but its brevity is not at the cost of accuracy. We trace the main contours of Paul's life, which turn on the hinge of the singular event outside Damascus in c. AD 34. From that time the leading persecutor of the disciples became the dedicated preacher of the message about Jesus. This short book shares with many the opinion that Paul remains the most influential voice from Greco-Roman antiquity apart, that is, from the Lord whose servant he was. At the same time, many critics have found fault with him, especially from the time of the Enlightenment. Paul's achievements were considerable. Between AD 47-56 he established a network of congregations in five Roman provinces--Syria-Cilicia, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia, and Asia. His thirteen surviving letters are witnesses to his dedicated pastoral care of these tiny, far-flung gatherings. Not to be missed was his remarkable skill in recruiting a small army of loyal coworkers like Timothy, Luke, and Titus. The result of Paul's decade-long journeys in the provinces of Anatolia and Greece was the planting of the seeds of Christianity that would develop into the official religion of the eastern Roman Empire, based in Constantinople. ""In relatively small compass, this book succeeds not only as a basic introduction to Paul and his thought, but also as a corrective to common misunderstandings of the apostle, and as an appreciation of his ongoing significance for today's world. By setting Paul solidly in his historical context, Barnett's book will promote not only more effective exegesis of Paul's letters, but also enable readers to see how the Bible finds its unity in salvation history, and its climax in the sending of God's Son."" --Donald Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary ""This is now the best, brief, English-language book on the apostle Paul. It is equally attentive to history and theology. It owns up to objections to Paul and then forthrightly answers them. It never loses sight of the fact that Paul pointed to Jesus Christ and not himself. It traces Paul's still-important legacy. Readers both novice and advanced will profit from this careful exploration of the main contours of Paul's life, teaching, and testimony to Jesus."" --Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary Paul Barnett is visiting professor at Regent College, Vancouver; Lecturer Emeritus at Moore College, Sydney; and Honorary Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 562382
  • Product Code 9781532665547
  • ISBN 1532665547
  • EAN 9781532665547
  • Pages 196
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Paul
  • Publisher Cascade Books
  • Publication Date Jul 2019
  • Sales Rank 4239
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 11mm
  • Weight 0.295kg

Paul Barnett

Paul Barnett (Ph.D., University of London) is the retired Bishop of North Sydney, and has taught at a number of prestigious academic institutions. Since his retirement, he is Honorary Associate in Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney; Lecturer Emeritus, Moore College, Sydney; and Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver. He was also Head of Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University.
He is the author of some major commentaries on 2 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today Series and The New International Commentary on the New Testament); 1 Corinthians: Holiness and Hope of a rescued people (Focus on the Bible); Mark: The Servant King, John: The Shepherd King, 1 Peter: Living Hope and Revelation: Apocalypse Now and Then (Reading the Bible Today). As well as a number of books on New Testament Background and the Historical Jesus such as After Jesus: The Birth Of Christianity, Is The New Testament History? (Revised 2004), Jesus and The Rise Of Early Christianity, The Truth About Jesus(Revised 2004), and Jesus And The Logic of History (New Studies In Biblical Theology).


Most recently he has produced The Corinthian Question: Why did the church oppose Paul? (Intervaristy Press, 2011) and three volumes in the After Jesus series; The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years; Paul: Missionary of Jesus and Finding the Historical Christ: After Jesus.
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