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Raced by millions around the world Drawing on Paul’s own writings as well as historical and scholarly documents about his life and times Chilton portrays an all too human saint who helped to create both the most beautiful and the most troublesome aspects of the Church He shows that Paul sought to specify the correct approach to such central concerns as sexuality obedience faith conscience and spirit to define religion as an institution and to clarify the nature of the religious personality issues that Christians still struggle with tod. Books like these are hard to write and often hard to read But it s an irresistible genre Rather than read all the evidence for understanding the historical Paul just tell me a rich story that capsulizes what we know into a readable speculative biography of his lifeIn this case Chilton s prose won t threaten sales of John Grisham or David McCullough his writing is somewhat prosaic and indirect But the story is coherent and compellingBe forewarned though there will be some theological point that will distract you and tempt you to uit reading Hang in there forgive any small points of doctrinal piue The overall story is well enough presented to get you past the partisan issues of interpretation

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A brilliant new biography of Saint Paul whose interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus transformed a loosely organized grassroots peasant movement into the structured religion we know todayWithout Paul there would be no Christianity His letters to various churches scattered throughout the Roman Empire articulated for the first time the beliefs that make up the heart of Christian practice and faith In this extraordinary biography Bruce Chilton explains the changing images of Paul from the early Church period when he was regarded. Finding a good history pertaining to Paul has always been a challenge This is a great book and offers a good introduction to Paul and his ministry Angel Evolution The Evolution Trilogy 1 religion we know todayWithout Paul there would be no Christianity His letters to various churches scattered throughout the Roman Empire articulated for the first time the beliefs that make up the heart of Christian practice and faith In this extraordinary biography Bruce Chilton explains the changing images of Paul from the early Church period when he was Walmart regarded. Finding a good history pertaining to Paul has always been a challenge This is a great book and offers a good introduction to Paul and his ministry

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As the premiere apostle who separated Christianity from Judaism to recent liberal evaluations which paint him as an antifeminist homophobic figure dedicated to doctrine than to spiritual freedom By illuminating Paul’s thoughts and contributions within the context of his time Chilton restores him to his place as the founding architect of the Church and one of the most important figures in Western history Rabbi Paul is at once a compelling highly readable biography and a window on how Jesus’ message was transformed into a religion emb. Having been raised in the Church I have been exposed to various bits and pieces of scripture but have never been intimately familiar with any of it I ve been working on reading through the entire Bible a project that is taking me several years but which I am determined to finish eventually and certainly not during a period of my life when I would have been able to really understand much of it or its implications as I pretty much left the Church in my early teens The image of Paul I had though was rather like what the blurb suggests basically that he is the source of just about everything that s wrong with the Church However shortly before I left the Church I became good friends with the minister of the church I attended and even maintained that friendship despite my moving toward atheism We re or less out of touch now since he left the city but I still very much respect his opinions and views on many things absolutely including religion This is a man who not only owns but kept right on his desk within easy reach the major religious texts of most of the major world religions and was pretty conversant in their contents He s well educated well read and extremely knowledgeable about these things So when he suggested that Paul was very much misunderstood misinterpreted and maligned and had many valuable things to say I took it to heart And so when I saw that Bruce Chilton whose Rabbi Jesus An Intimate Biography I had read and found very interesting and insightful had written a book about Paul I added it to my list figuring that if anything would give me a reasonable picture of this man this book would probably do it It s taken several years to get to it I had sort of hoped to be able to discuss it with that minister after reading it but I have now read Paul s biographyI still have a somewhat incomplete picture because I m not even close to tackling the New Testament yet but this book definitely gave me some insights and when I do get to his writings I think I ll have a much better context for them now and will know that many of the particularly egregious examples of misogyny anti semitism and racism are falsely attributed to him and shouldn t colour my picture of him too much True those writings were inspired by him but they are not his words and he shouldn t be judged by themBut that doesn t mean that I ve come around to believing that he was actually an all around awesome guy On the contrary I m left with the very strong impression that he was a bit of a nutjob My somewhat atheist self finds it difficult to understand or relate to really fervent religiousness but Paul goes rather beyond that into the territory of really incomprehensible He runs around deliberately antagonizing people and seems baffled that they get angry with him His message was one that was controversial to say the least went against what ages of scripture said and was highly offensive to many people Of course they got angry and ran him out of town after townI m also left with a great deal of non clarity as to what he was actually preaching as well as the sense that he wasn t entirely sure either The rules he lays out are contradictory and confusing and don t seem to make any sense even to him Don t follow the Torah but follow this rule that it sets out Circumcision is unnecessary but I m going to do it occasionally anyway Follow this rule but don t worry about that one How is anyone supposed to make heads or tails of any of thisHe tries to make his flexibility into a good thing announcing that he behaves one way with one group of people and another with a different group He observes food laws with Jews and ignores them with Gentiles he refuses idol meat when occasion demands but eats away at other times 214 This just adds to the confusion of his message and frankly makes him seem hypocriticalFurther the notion that one is saved and righteous by faith and grace alone has always seemed to me like a free pass and like it justifies any atrocities you care to commit as long as you truly have faith in your saviour To suggest that it s simply faith and not works that makes one a Christian seems too open to me It implies to me that according to this if I do good deeds regularly I am charitable kind to my neighbours and so on and so forth but don t acknowledge Jesus and the Lord the guy across the street who spends all his time I don t know acuiring wealth parking his giant expensive gas guzzling car illegally and generally seeing to his own needs above all others but has absolute faith in Jesus as his saviour he s basically a better person than I am Somehow I don t think that s what Jesus would think but it s what Paul s writings seem to imply I have absolute faith in my saviour and that means I can strap a bomb to myself kill a bunch of people in his name and still go to heaven because it s my faith that matters not what I do Sorry Paul I just can t get behind that I m sure that s not what he had in mind but when he emphasizes over and over faith over works then his message is open to that interpretationAs for his alleged misogyny I think it s maybe a little exaggerated and definitely misinterpreted He concluded that one should keep one s body pure and not engage in sexual relations In his view the end was near anyway after which time we would all go off to whatever afterlife exists where sex would be as irrelevant as food so we might as well get a heard start on our bodies purity or something to that effect Plus if you become that intimate with another person it takes something away from your intimacy with God so we should all really just keep our bodies to ourselves and devote ourselves wholly to God Problem is those darn women are just so scrumptiously tempting If he had to be exposed to them too much his willpower might fade and he d succumb to that temptation Therefore we d best keep them covered apart from men to avoid accidental touching and as silent as possible so their voices don t turn the men on too much either Misogyny Not uite in the sense we usually think of it But intense fear of sexuality and lack of faith in his own self control Oh yes And if I can t control myself I ll just go ahead and put the onus on other people to make sure I don t stray What s truly mind boggling is that that attitude is still so prevalent in many placesHis alleged anti semitism and racism does seem to come mainly from misinterpretation and from books attributed to him despite the fact that he didn t write them but yeah He still contributed plenty of screwed up notions so I still can t really come around to being on Paul s side What s interesting is that neither could most people in his time The only reason he became the father so to speak of Christianity is because he wrote so much down James and Peter had much wider followings as that time and if they had written as much as Paul did and managed to have it preserved I think the face of Christianity would have been rather different It might not even have strayed so far from Judaism but rather might have shaped Judaism a bit differently or else become kind of a sect of it instead of something entirely different I m uite sure that Jesus wouldn t recognize the religion he inspired and I don t know that Paul would eitherIn any case I didn t find this one uite as enjoyable as Rabbi Jesus but I think that s mainly because I simply have sympathy for Jesus than I do for Paul It was still well researched well written and just as informative and insightful But I m afraid Jim that it did not vastly alter or improve my opinion of Paul


10 thoughts on “Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography

  1. says:

    During my complicated history with Christianity I've had issues with Paul Actually to be honest I did not like Paul of Tarsus at all although it was only after years of studying and thinking about the subject that I realized why To me Paul was the usurper that co opted the Jewish life and message of Jesus and turned it i

  2. says:

    I think the first half of this book has some very valuable information if it is accurate and can be believed Th

  3. says:

    Finding a good history pertaining to Paul has always been a challenge This is a great book and offers a good introduction to Paul and his ministry

  4. says:

    Having been raised in the Church I have been exposed to various bits and pieces of scripture but have never been intimately familiar with any of it I've been working on reading through the entire Bible a project that is taking me several years but which I am determined to finish eventually and certainly not during a period of my life when I would have been able to really understand much of it or its implications as I pretty muc

  5. says:

    Chilton writes as a Bible historian and pastor He is a professor of religion at Bard College in Annandale on Hudson in Barrytown New YorkThis wa

  6. says:

    Chilton paints a rough picture of Paul highlighting his tremendous passion but also his contradictions He draws from Paul's writings chiefly and Acts but also from contemporaneous non Biblical sources and manages to piece to

  7. says:

    Books like these are hard to write and often hard to read But it's an irresistible genre Rather than read all the evidence for understanding the historical Paul just tell me a rich story that capsulizes what we kn

  8. says:

    I as a Christian woman have had my moments of anger with Paul This is why I read this book Wow The research that makes the Book of

  9. says:

    sitting facing my boyfriend's bed in his born again christian parent's house his father is trying to convince him of the hi

  10. says:

    I was a bit disappointed in this one Even given the moments of sheer brilliance of historical scholarship one has to put up with the

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