Paul: The Mind of the Apostle

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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It begins on the road to Damascus, in a moment graven on the consciousness of Western civilization. "Saul, Saul," asks the crucified Jesus of Nazareth, "why persecutest thou me?"

From this experience, and from the response of the Jewish merchant later known as Paul, springs the Christian Church as we know it today. For as A. N. Wilson makes clear in this astonishing and gripping narrative, Christianity without Paul is quite literally nothing. Jesus, with the layers of scholarship and ceremony stripped away, is a fastidious and fervent Jew who will lead his followers into a stricter, purer observance of Judaism; it is Paul who will claim divinity for him, who will transform him into the Messiah, center of an entirely new religion.

In Wilson's astute narrative, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire, making converts, and writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and of the sublime paradoxes of his teaching. What drove Paul? What would he think of what his church has become? The answers lie in Wilson's extraordinary biography, which lays bare the psychological journey of Christianity's true inventor.
 

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Review: Paul: The Mind of the Apostle

User Review  - Kristi Duarte - Goodreads

I'm going to be nice and give it four stars, because it does include a lot of information and I did learn something new. AN Wilson is very knowledgeable about the era, the Roman gods, the belief ... Read full review

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A great read for anyone interested in the early years of Christianity Read full review

Contents

The Emperor Neros Legacy to the Christian Church
1
Saul of Tarsus
23
Jerusalem
37
Conversion
61
Antioch
113
Antioch v Jerusalem
127
Paul in Europe
137
Ephesus
181
Last Journey to Jerusalem
201
Caesarea
213
The School of Paul
229
The Voyage to Rome
241
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.

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