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Phoebe

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Narrated by: Paula Gooder, Joan Walker
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Sometime around AD 56, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece, and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. 

He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae; in writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon and as a helper or patron of many. 

But who was this remarkable woman?   

In this, her first work of fiction, Biblical scholar and popular author and speaker Paula Gooder tells Phoebe's story - who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith - and in doing so opens up Paul's theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul's thinking, and the faith of the early church.   

Written in the gripping style of Gerd Theissen's The Shadow of the Galilean, and similarly rigorously researched, this is an audiobook for everyone and anyone who wants to engage more deeply and imaginatively with Paul's theology - from one of the UK's foremost New Testament scholars.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2019 Paula Gooder (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A great scholar, but a poor narrator

I found the narrator's intonation when narrating dialogue very annoying, and therefore the book was a struggle to finish. It was useful in putting the New Testament stories into their context. The author admits she is not a fiction writer, and that was not her intent, but I think the book sadly falls between two stalls and therefore missed the mark of both. A very scholarly work though, and the notes were of as much interest as the story.

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Absolutely brilliant

I really loved this story and the notes at the end were amazing. I'll have to pick up a hard copy now.