St. Paul

St. Paul

The Apostle We Love to Hate

Book - 2015
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"A stirring account of the life of Paul, who brought Christianity to the Jews, by the most popular writer on religion in the English-speaking world, Karen Armstrong, author of The History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : New Harvest, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544617391
0544617398
Branch Call Number: 225.92 PAU ARM
Characteristics: 143 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Saint Paul

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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

This is the kind of book I hope gets to people beyond Armstrong's usual reader base. A great explanation of the early Jesus movement and realistic portrait of St. Paul. A worthy supplement to the definitive modern biography of St. Paul by Calvin Roetzel. — Ian S., Communication

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lukasevansherman
Aug 02, 2016

One of our pre-eminent religious scholars and writers, Karen Armstrong is a former nun whose books include "A History of God," "Islam: A Short Histor," and "Fields of Blood." This slim book is about Paul (Called Saul until his famous conversion) and, as the subtitle indicates, he remains a polarizing figure, often accused of misogyny (Wives submit to your husbands.) and a rigid, even harsh theology. Armstrong lucidly traces his history, which is intertwined with the early church (Lest we forget, they were borderline socialists) and the Roman empire. Evangelicals will probably be annoyed by this, as it reminds us of how little we know of Paul and how fuzzy the sources and chronology of the New Testament are. Others will find it illuminating and intelligent, as well as offering a more nuanced and sympathetic treatment of an oft misunderstood apostle.

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IanS_Librarian
Oct 16, 2015

This is the kind of book I hope gets to people beyond Armstrong's usual reader base. A great explanation of the early Jesus movement and realistic portrait of St. Paul. A worthy supplement to the definitive modern biography of St. Paul by Calvin Roetzel.

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