Paul : His Story
by Jerome Murphy-O’Connor
Editor: Oxford University Press
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For someone who exercised such great influence on Christian theology, Paul remains a ghostly figure behind the barrier of his complicated and difficult biblical lettersDebates about its meaning have distracted attention from his personality, but his personality is an important element in understanding his theological ideas.This book restores the balanceJerome Murphy-O’Connor’s disciplined imagination, nourished by a lifetime of research, numerous textual, historical and archaeological forms of detail in a colorful and pleasing story of Paul’s defective but undefeated hero worldThis chronological narrative offers new perspectives in Paul’s intellectual, affective and religious development and puts his movements, mission and theological ideas into a plausible biographical context.As he changes from an assimilated adolescent Jew to Tarsus, to the competitiveness of Pharisee to Jerusalem, then to a missionary conduit of Christ, the sometimes contradictory character of Paul’s components complex personality emerge from the way he interacts with people and problemsHis theology has been forged in dialogue and becomes more intelligible as our appreciation of him deepens.In Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s biography engage, the Apostle comes to life as a complex, intensely human
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