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The Problem with Paul: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict

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Was Paul a chauvinist? Was he a prude? Was he anti-Semitic? Why did Paul condone slavery? How might he have fared on theOprah Winfrey Show? People outside the church have often found Paul hard to stomach. His views on women, sex and marriage, his failure to attack the institution of slavery, and his verbal attacks on his opponents have all come under fire. Regrettably, Pau ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 22nd 1996 by IVP Academic (first published May 1996)
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Benjamin
This was an excellent dialogue, entering into the ancient world to understand Paul as an ancient man and writer and his audience within their cultures. Dodd offers many excellent suggestions as to how we as modern readers might reorient our understanding of some of Paul's writing and how it may or may not apply to us today in the ways that we have been led to believe. I was impressed to see Dodd take a balanced and conciliatory stance while remaining wholeheartedly orthodox. To the thoughtful Ch ...more
Kristin
Jan 28, 2015 Kristin rated it did not like it
I have to admit that I stopped reading this mid-way once it became clear that this was less a study of Paul and techniques to evaluate him, and more fundamentalist apologetics.

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Author clearly explains that to understand Paul's teaching we must cross a "bridge" to Paul, then a "bridge" from him to his audience, and then bring that information back across the "bridge" and apply it to our modern age. Yet, the author applies his own rules only when convenient. With regard to marriage, the au
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Grant Davis
Not a bad book. A little bland in its challenges of the different viewpoints Paul is proposed to have had. The overall tone of this book was to simply promote a fundamental view of the traditional viewpoints that are held of Paul. Which is OK, but the title of the book lead me to believe this book would be more objective than subjective.
Nichole
May 01, 2009 Nichole rated it liked it
This book while looking at the issues people have with Paul gives you the tools to do your own study and exposition of Bible passages so you can best understand the truth that is being driven at.
Jonathan Woodward
Oct 24, 2012 Jonathan Woodward rated it it was amazing
This was a really good read. It felt very conversational, as if I were asking questions to someone really smart who could tell me all about Paul, and then some.
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