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What Saint Paul Really Said
Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?
PAPERBACK; Published: 9/5/2014
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7178-7
245 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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St. Paul continues to provoke people as much today as he did in the first century. Some see him as the greatest teacher of Christianity after Jesus himself, while others regard him as a pestilent and dangerous fellow. Over the years, scholars have debated and written books on the historic Paul and his role in the birth of Christianity. Most recently, English novelist and biographer A.N. Wilson has revived the old argument that it was Paul of Tarsus and not Jesus of Nazareth who founded Christianity.

In What Saint Paul Really Said, N.T. Wright — a world authority on the life and letters of Paul — leads readers through the current scholarly discussion of Paul and gives a concise account of the actual contribution Paul made to the birth of Christianity. Wright offers a critique of the argument that claims that it was Paul who founded Christianity and shows clearly that Paul was not "the founder of Christianity" but was the faithful witness and herald of Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah and the risen Lord of the Christian faith.
REVIEWS
— The New York Times
"The persuasiveness of Wright's book rests on his close readings of Pauline texts."
— Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"An excellent book on the major issues of the interpretation of Paul in earliest Christianity."
— America
"Manages to situate Paul within Judaism and at the same time to bring out what is new and fresh about Pauline Christianity. Wright's respect for the biblical text, knowledge of modern scholarship, theological imagination, pastoral concern, and ability to communicate make this an excellent guide to Paul and his theology."
— Theology Today
"Crisply argued and passionately written, this volume will provoke the reader to return to Paul's letters with fresh insights and a host of new questions."

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