Paul, Missionary of Jesus (#02 in After Jesus Series)
Was Paul the "second founder" of Christianity, striking off in directions Jesus never envisaged and teaching lessons Christ never endorsed? In this study Paul Barnett sets out to establish that, current theories aside, the apostle was a true missionary of...
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Was Paul the "second founder" of Christianity, striking off in directions Jesus never envisaged and teaching lessons Christ never endorsed? In this study Paul Barnett sets out to establish that, current theories aside, the apostle was a true missionary of Jesus, authentically extending the Lord's mission.
Arguing that Paul's own writings are supplemented by Luke's contemporaneously written narrative of the Acts of the Apostles, Barnett follows Paul on a decade of travels, examining the apostle in his historic context and as revealed by his writings. Along the way, Barnett addresses a number of questions, such as: Why did Paul persecute Christians when his teacher, Gamaliel, was against it? Was Paul "converted" or "called"? Are the "new perspectives on Paul" true to the evidence? Why was Romans so important as a statement of Paul's "gospel"? Including several maps of Paul's travels and five helpful appendixes, Barnett's book is ideal for anyone interested in Pauline studies and for those seeking out the historical truth of Christianity. Paul: Missionary of Jesus is volume 2 of a trilogy titled After Jesus, whose first volume is The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years. Volume 3 (forthcoming) is provisionally titled Finding the Historical Christ.
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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