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Summary

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."

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  • WJ
  • 04-12-19

Thought-provoking biblical scholarship

Very interesting look at Paul’s teaching in some hotly debated subjects such as the position of women in the church. And an in- depth look at Paul’s method of using the Jewish Bible/ Old Testament.

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-17

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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  • Randy
  • 02-04-19

Well Measured, But Maybe Too Much

I think the book does a good job of giving a balanced view so as not to discredit the apostle Paul. I have learned from reading this book and appreciate the non-extreme, yet informative, answers and history provided.
I think it is accurate to say that Paul painted a different context for Christ. The WHY, however, is not drawn out as well in this book. It is because Christ made Paul the (head) apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 11:13). He was given a different gospel from Christ. (Gal 1:11,12). Still, Christ is the center of the gospel, but the accoutrements of the gospel changed, there are none! Naturally, when Messiah is explained to Jews, it needs the Jewish accoutrements of circumcision, baptism, kingdom, prophecy fulfillment etc.

I felt the book played it too safe,
and especially in the realm of political correctness. It leaned too much toward embodying the doctrines of our modern day and therefore making excuse for Paul, God and the Bible. I feel they should have went more on offense against the PC culture.

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  • Matthew Page
  • 13-11-17

Loved it!

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

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  • Eric
  • 31-07-17

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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  • Rev. David B. Smith
  • 18-02-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-19

Great Listen

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. They did an amazing job. It really did make you think and helps you to look at Paul and the things he did and said from a different perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-21

A much needed guide to understanding and communicating

Invaluable Insights and a guide to better understanding and communicating Christianity in a 21st century world. Especially helpful, I believe in an era of Conspiracy Theories and fear-mongering. The willingness of Christians to get caught up in theories based on the stringing together of unrelated scriptures taken out of context and going viral has been concerning. I recommend this work to serious readers who want to think about what we are thinking! Easy listening but I am sure most of us will not be able to listen or read once only.

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  • Sarah Tolvtvar
  • 07-06-21

Good book, but diminished by the performer

I had to stop listening to it and read it. The narrator is slow, monotone, and his S’s are emphasized in every word. He makes an engaging and interesting book boring, which is truly unfortunate.

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  • E Zilch
  • 22-04-21

Good but could be better

There were several chapters of this book that I loved and found incredibly insightful. There were others that I found ok. I listened to this book after I listened to another book by the same authors (Reading Scripture through Western Eyes). I LOVED that book. The reader did a better job in the other book and I loved everything in that book. There were many really good parts of this book, but the other book was AWESOME.

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  • P. M. Lipker
  • 26-02-20

listen to it at x1.15 speed

A Very informative book, but listen to it at x1.15 speed for best results. as to content; the back ok is laid out clearly and is easy to understand.