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The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon

ISBN: 9780061430732 | 0061430730
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
Pub. Date: 4/22/2010

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Meet Paul Again . . . for the First Time

Two bestselling authors use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to present a new understanding of early Christianity--this time turning the common perception of Paul on its head by revealing him to be a radical follower of Jesus whose message is still relevant today.

Continuing in the tradition of The Last Week and The First Christmas, world-renowned New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to expose the church's conspiracy to silence Jesus's most faithful disciple, the apostle Paul.

Paul is one of the most controversial figures in Christian history—and one of the most misunderstood. . . . Many will be thrilled with this fresh, erudite portrait of the man.” -Publishers Weekly

“In this scholarly and engaging account . . . Borg and Crossan successfully argue that we must separate the genuine writings of the apostle from the writings attributed to him . . . This well-researched and highly readable account is recommended for all students of Paul and interested lay readers.”-Library Journal

“A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization.” -Booklist (starred review)

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