Paul: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback Book

Paul: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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Paul is the most powerful human personality in the history of the Church.

A missionary, theologian, and religious genius, in his epistles he laid the foundations on which later Christian theology was built.

In his highly original introduction to Paul's life and thought, E.

P. Sanders, whose research on Paul has substantially influenced recent scholarship, pays equal attention to Paul's fundamental convictions and the sometimes convoluted ways in which they were worked out.

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I got far more from this than I was expecting, which is both good (inasmuch as I actually think I know something about Paul and interpretations of him) and bad (inasmuch as I wanted a quick weekend read and instead got a crash course in how-to-argue-with-ancient-Christians-who-say-all-Christians-must-be-circumsized). I knew just enough about Paul and the way people understand him to feel that I knew what was going on, but be warned, this is much more academic/rigorous than most VSIs. Sanders is engaged in argument with other people just as much as he's engaged in writing to naifs like you and me. The book is, though, very well written. I wish the Further Reading had gone a bit further. But if you want to know about Paul in a few hours, highly recommended.