Sometime around 56 AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece, and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church...
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Sometime around 56 AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece, and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae; in writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon and as a helper or patron of many. But who was this remarkable woman?
In this, her first novel, Biblical scholar and popular author and speaker Paula Gooder tells Phoebe's story - who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith - and in doing so opens up Paul's theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul's thinking, and the faith of the early church.
Written in the gripping style of Gerd Theissen's The Shadow of the Galilean, and similarly rigorously researched, this is a novel for everyone and anyone who wants to engage more deeply and imaginatively with Paul's theology - from one of the UK's foremost New Testament scholars.
Paula Gooder (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a part-time tutor at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham and a freelance writer and lecturer on the Bible.
She is the author of many books including The Pentateuch (Continuum, 2000); This Risen Existence. The Spirit of Easter (Canterbury Press, 2009); A Way Through the Wilderness. God's Help in a Time of Crisis (Church House Publishing, 2009); Only The Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and Heavenly Ascent (T&T Clark, 2006); Hosea-Micah (The People's Bible Commentary; BRF, 2005) and co-author with Dr Peter Kevern of Exploring New Testament Greek (SCM Press, 2004)
She also is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral, Visiting lecturer at King's College, London, Associate lecturer at St Mellitus College, London, an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Senior Research Scholar at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod.
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