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In Search of Paul

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A new vision of Paul's words and world Using new historical analysis and the latest archaeological discoveries, one of the world's eminent historical Jesus scholars and an expert in biblical archaeology spell out the top ten recent discoveries about the Apostle Paul. Did Paul invent Christianity? Did he reject Judaism and require that all Christians do so? Did he view all ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by SPCK Publishing (first published 2004)
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Looking for a book on the historical backdrop for Paul's letters? Wrong question. At least as far as Crossan and Reed are concerned. This volume is not an account of any historical backdrop; but, as they say, of a confrontational foreground. Christ and Caesar cannot occupy the one throne of the universe - and these two fellows aim to show why. Deeply illuminating. Even if Crossan leans on a more Bultmanian side, this book will surely bring Paul's Messiah and his agenda into the three dimensions ...more
Geoff Wehmeyer
I wasn't as interested in the architectural histories but found the analysis of Paul's letters to fit well with the cultural background presented.
In the preface they seem to pit the "7 NT letters [Paul] actually wrote" against the letters "attributed to Paul by later Christians though not actually written by him," (xiii). They seem to say that the message contained in the one set is opposed or contradicted by the other set, without giving any explanation for this, which would seem necessary because -- whether or not they were written by Paul -- they continue to be part of canonical Scripture and inspired by the Holy Spirit, who cannot con ...more
"With dusty, tired, much-traveled Paul came Rome's most dangerous opponent, not legions but ideas, not an alternative force but an alternative faith. Paul too proclaimed one who was Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Liberator. He announced one who was Divine, Son of God, God, and God from God. But Paul's new divinity was Christ, not Caesar. His was a radically divergent but equally global theology."

"To announce Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior was calculated treason."

One of the authors' hypotheses is
Doug Piero
To understand Jesus, I needed to understand ho the world learned about Jesus, and why they formed the Christian faith the way they did. This VERY in-depth book on the Apostle Paul paints a photographic image in my mind of the days and years following the life and mission of Jesus.

For example, no previous sermon or bible study had ever led me to really THINK about how Judean dietary laws make blood very un-kosher and meat from most mammals very un-kosher. Now, Paul presents them with a ritual of
This is an excellent text on Paul, particularly the mileau in which his ministry takes place. Crossan does an excellent job providing an insight into the places that Paul preached and the audience he directed his letters to. That sets the stage for his radical rethinking of the meaning of Jesus' story and the theology that Paul develops.
I took a class with Dr. Crossan....he's amazing ! :D We actually ended up reading this book for his class...really interesting he looks at everything from a historical perspective.
informative read, gives you insight on what Paul may have meant, but can be a little condescending and weighed down with some useless info. good read overall, and the descriptions are amazing.
These Jesus Seminar guys can drive me up the wall sometimes. Fine writing, fine thinking ... but what these guys take as "evidence" can be really frustrating. Then again maybe my own Catholic/Christian knee jerk reaction gets in the way.
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John Dominic Crossan is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, and Who Killed Jesus? He lives in Clermont, Florida.
John Dominic Crossan was born in Nenagh County in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1934. He was educated in Ireland and
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