The First Paul
Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative IconBook - 2009
"Borg and Crossan reveal a figure who, besides being neither anti-Semitic, anti-sex, nor misogynist, stresses social and political equality among Christians and between them and others. A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization." -- Booklist (starred review)
John Dominic Crossan and Marcus J. Borg--two of the world's top-selling Christian scholars and the bestselling authors of The Last Week and The First Christmas--once again shake up the status quo by arguing that the message of the apostle Paul, considered by many to be the second most important figure in Christianity, has been domesticated by the church. Borg and Crossan turn the common perception of Paul on its head, revealing him as a radical follower of Jesus whose core message is still relevant today.