What Paul Meant

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2007 - Religion - 208 pages
“If you think you knew Paul, get ready to have all sorts of cherished preconceptions exhilaratingly stripped away. If you've ever been vaguely curious, there is no finer introduction.” ( Los Angeles Times )
In his New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant and What the Gospels Meant, Garry Wills offers fresh and incisive readings of Jesus' teachings and the four gospels. Here Wills turns to Paul the Apostle, whose writings have provoked controversy throughout Christian history. Upending many common assumptions, Wills argues eloquently that Paul’s teachings are not opposed to Jesus' message. Rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. In this stimulating and masterly analysis, Wills illuminates how Paul, writing on the road and in the heat of the moment, and often in the midst of controversy, galvanized a movement and offers us the best reflection of those early times.


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User Review  - PointedPundit - LibraryThing

It is an understatement to say that Paul is controversial. Paul has often gotten a bad rap. As one of the first New Testament writers, instrumental in transforming a universal message, stifled by a ... Read full review

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I listened to this book in audio - and found that I kept wanting to re-read that last sentence - Also, Garry Wills is working with what he calls "market place Greek" - he says this is the Greek the ... Read full review


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Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine's Childhood, Saint Augustine's Memory, and Saint Augustine's Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include “Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.