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Paul: His Story
For someone who has exercised such a profound influence on Christian theology, Paul remains a shadowy figure behind the barrier of his complicated and difficult biblical letters. Debates about his meaning have deflected attention from his personality, yet his personality is an important key to understanding his theological ideas. This book redresses the balance. Jerome Mur ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
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I quite enjoyed this history of paul. While it's told from a most catholic background, I could still enjoy the history while trying to tease out the religious bias(?). I suppose for me, most of all this made Paul into a man instead of a semi-mystical character. I could come away with a 'picture' of someone striving at his utmost to share the gospel message while still plagued by his own shortcomings. I recommend it.
Great insight to understand the travels of Paul and making sense of all of the names of people mentioned in the Pauine Epistles. I don't buy all of Murphy-O'Connor's theories and there is much speculation, but it does tie Paul's epistles to acts and then bridges the gaps where history is non extant. I was surprised on how readable it was. I was also impressed on some of the highlights about Paul's origins as a Galilean sold into slavery with his family and moved to Tarsus and the high probabilit ...more
This book book occupies a fairly unique place in works of its kind, it is part history and part historical narrative. The narrative is based on a large part on the authors earlier work, Paul: A Critical Life, and the two books should almost be read as companion volumes. Where it succeeds is in enfleshing Paul, and in the process getting the reader to ask questions that they would not otherwise have asked.
A Great Introduction to Paul's life and letters. Before reading this I didn't have much understanding of how Paul's life and personality influenced his writings. Murphy O'Connor does a great job of bringing out the life of Paul based on the evidence that has survived and making his personality, theology and concerns come to life. A great read.
This book really needs a second read through, and you need a good basic knowledge about Paul in order to get much out of it. I had a hard time sticking with it, seemed to jump around a bit but I did learn a few things and that was the point.
I had Fr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P. as a professor one summer (at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago) and found him fascinating! When I read his books, I hear his voice. This book is a thorough study of the history of the St. Paul, combined with a narrative account of his life.