Synopses & Reviews
Was Paul the ?second founder? of Christianity, striking off in directions Jesus never envisaged and teaching lessons Christ never endorsed? In this study Paul Barnett sets out to establish that, current theories aside, the apostle was a true missionary of Jesus, authentically extending the Lord's mission. Arguing that Paul's own writings are supplemented by Luke's contemporaneously written narrative of the Acts of the Apostles, Barnett follows Paul on a decade of travels, examining him in his historical context and as revealed by his writings. Including maps of Paul's travels and five helpful appendixes, Paul: Missionary of Jesus is ideal for anyone interested in seeking out the historical truth of Christianity.
Looking at whether Paul was converted or called and if the new perspectives on Paul are true to evidence, the
Table of Contents
Paul : historical enigma -- Paul and Jesus -- Saul of Jerusalem : a pharisee who wrote Greek (ca. 17-34) -- Why Paul persecuted the church (ca. 34) -- The Damascus event (ca. 34) : was Paul called or converted? -- Paul's levantine years (ca. 34-47) : Damascus, Arabia, Judea, and Syria-Cilicia -- Paul, true missionary of Jesus -- Light to the nations and minister to Israel -- Mission and countermission (ca. 47-57) -- Conflict in Corinth (ca. 54-56) : Paul, a Christ-shaped emissary -- Romans : Paul's final answer (ca. 57) -- Paul's achievement -- Appendix A: "Saul, who is also Paul" (Acts 13:9) -- Appendix B: The Acts of the Apostles and the Letters of Paul -- Appendix C: Mind and spirit : how Paul made decisions -- Appendix D: Paul's Asian epistles (Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians) -- Appendix E: Paul's names for Jesus.