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Paul: A Critical Life

Hardback|Jul 1996
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This biography of St. Paul presents a new and vivid account of his life from his childhood in Tarsus to the successes and failures of his ministry. It explains his religious teachings and will be of interest to both Christians...


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This biography of St. Paul presents a new and vivid account of his life from his childhood in Tarsus to the successes and failures of his ministry. It explains his religious teachings and will be of interest to both Christians and atheists.
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Traditionally the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for biographies of the Apostle Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has come into question. Many scholars argue that, despite the accuracy of many details, the text as a whole reflects the interests of Luke rather than objective reality. ^ This book presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic, account of the life of Paul than any before. While continuing to give consideration to the Acts, Murphy-O'Connor reconstructs the apostle's life--from his childhood in Taursus and his years as a student in Jerusalem, to the successes and failures of his ministry--from his own writings. Reinforcing his critical analysis of Paul's letters with close attention to archaeology and contemporary texts, Murphy-O'Connor not only charts Paul's movements, but extracts a new understanding of his motives and the social and cultural aspects of his ministry. Most important of all, this biography tra
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