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The Apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he?

Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the Apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours. Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this "worst of sinners" dared to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."

©2016 eChristian (P)2016 eChristian

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Loved it!

Everyone who wants a better understanding of Paul should read this book. For every academic level.

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  • Eric
  • ANGIER, NC, United States
  • 07-31-17

good read

The narration can be a little slow and the material a bit heady, but it's a great eye opener for understanding often confusing scripture.

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  • Markus
  • South-Africa
  • 06-17-17

Really worth the listen. Brings much clarity .

Listened to the book several times now. Each time learning something new. A must listen!

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Good introduction into an intriguing topic.

Ann enjoyable book that will help to open your mind to seeing Paul and his writings in a different light. It may not fully satisfy the in-depth student of the Bible but is a great primer for further study. Overall a very fun read.

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A must read for anyone seeking clarification....

For students of New Testament texts, this is a must read. I had my biases against the Apostle Paul, because to my mind, too many men joyously took refuge in his edict for women to be silent and submit. At the same time, I was fascinated by his dogged determination to carry out the Great Commission. I can move now from bias to full admiration. He was a hero and a man ahead of his time, even as he was firmly rooted to his time. And definitely not the cold, misogynist he has been painted to be. He was a man on fire to ensure that all who heard the Gospel would have the joy and deliverance he did in Yeshua. That is awesome!

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Disappointing

I had high hopes after reading the first book by these authors - Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes - but this was a real disappointment. The authors' loyalty to St Paul doesn't allow them to follow their arguments to their natural conclusions.

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  • Gordon Curley
  • 06-21-17

Good questions and good answers

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really enjoyed the authors style, They tackle the big questions and provide some good insights. I would recommend this book.

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  • jason
  • 05-03-17

thought provoking

well worth a listen always good to understand more about history and the culture that surrounds the scriptures