The First Paul

The First Paul

Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon

Book - 2009
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"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.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne Publishers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061430725
Branch Call Number: 227.06 BORG
Characteristics: vi, 230 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Crossan, John Dominic


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Oct 18, 2014

The authors are two leading Christian scholars that have shelves of volumes on some of the better known and lesser known aspects of both the Bible and also the people from that world. This one, however, despite some interesting information, takes a somewhat jerky approach that needed a stronger editorial hand. One problem is that it attemtps to be both a travelogue and tour guide, neither of which are succesful. But, that does not mean the book is worthless, when it tackles the unique way that Paul shaped early Christianity and that changed it from a small Jewish sect to a worldwide movement, it soars. While a lot of the information is not new, the authors do present it in a fresh way. Of particular interest is how Paul has been watered down from his fiery oratory (in many, but not all cases) and how his comments on women are placed in the social context of the time, and how later "authors" pseudoeppigrphically "adjust" Paul to the current climate, especially the so-called "Catholic" letters.


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