St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history. It was Paul who established the first Christian churches in Europe and Asia in the first century, Paul who transformed a minor sect into the largest religion produced by Western civilization, and Paul who advanced the revolutionary idea that Christ could serve as a model for the possibility of transcendence. While we know little about some aspects of the life of St. Paul - his upbringing, the details of his death - his dramatic vision of God on the road to Damascus is one of the most powerful stories in the history of Christianity, and the life that followed forever changed the course of history.
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Few are indifferent to Paul, who gave us that wonderful hymn to love in 1Cor:13, but who also possibly (Armstrong challenges this) ordered women to cover up and shut up in church. It is a concise knowledgeable account of the life and work of Paul of Tarsus, as far as we are able to reconstruct it, taking account of recent scholarship, and avoiding dogmatism.
"Devoid of fresh insight"
I was hoping for some fresh insights on Paul. Nothing. The title was enticing but the content very disappointing
From the start she seemed to be talking about someone she invented, I wouldn't recommend it. In fact have stopped it half way.
"Good historical/theological examination of Paul"
Though the audio book lacks any footnotes for referencing the author's sources, this historical and theological examination of Paul was of great interest. Highly recommended for anyone interested in serious Bible study and examination of faith. The author has a beautiful English accent and is very easy to listen to.
"Admirably researched and told"
Any book by Karen Armstrong opens up new perspectives for me. This is no exception. One cannot view Paul in the same way or, I think, not be filled eith compassion after hearing this history and narrative .
I loved every minute of ms armstrong ' s presentation. it made the story of Paul
come alive and I really got a sense of the culture and the struggles of the people. ironically, we human beings have not changed a bit from Paul's time.
"excellent introduction to Paul"
great scholarship, with egually great insights. Paul is often misunderstood to most people, well worth the read.
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