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Paul : the mind of the Apostle

Author: A N Wilson
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1998, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As biographer Wilson makes clear in this narrative, Christianity without Paul is quite literally nothing. Jesus, with the layers of exegesis, scholarship, and ceremony stripped away, is a Jew, a fastidious and fervent Jew, who would lead his followers into a stricter, purer observance of Judaism. It is Paul who will claim divinity for him, who will transform him into the Messiah, center of an entirely new religion.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paul, the Apostle Saint.; Paul, the Apostle Saint.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A N Wilson
ISBN: 0393317609 9780393317602
OCLC Number: 45607326
Description: 273 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: A.N. Wilson.

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As biographer Wilson makes clear in this narrative, Christianity without Paul is quite literally nothing. Jesus, with the layers of exegesis, scholarship, and ceremony stripped away, is a Jew, a fastidious and fervent Jew, who would lead his followers into a stricter, purer observance of Judaism. It is Paul who will claim divinity for him, who will transform him into the Messiah, center of an entirely new religion. In Wilson's narrative, which lays bare the psychological journey of Christianity's true inventor, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire; traveling everywhere; making converts; writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and the sublime paradoxes of his teaching; defusing the natural antagonism of the supreme temporal power to this dangerous spiritual force, Christianity, which would in time consume that empire from within.--From publisher description.

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