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  • Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography
  • Bruce Chilton
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  • 25 June 2018
  • 9780385508636

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Summary Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography 107 Free read ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB î Bruce Chilton 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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Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography

Summary Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography 107 Free read ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB î Bruce Chilton 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. 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 into the Hellenized theology of Christianity But the truth is that this was a knee jerk reaction as I knew little of the life of Paul beyond the major events of his life let alone of the circumstances of his world that would lead him from aspiring Pharisee to Apostle to the Gentiles That s why I picked up this book and I m glad I didChilton s book is a great read told in an approachable style that nevertheless conveys the scholarship behind the narrative As I started I was afraid that Chilton being Christian would be a biased narrator but I was happy to find that he presents a complete view of Paul and his world calling out the bad and ugly when it needs to be called out presenting personal viewpoints alongside other available ones for the reader s consideration I don t agree with all his conclusions but applaud his work and presentationChilton s presentation starts with bringing the reader into the world that is Tarsus at the start of the Common Era a mishmash of east and west of Greek heritage and Roman life of commerce and religion into which a young man by the name of Paul is born and raised I love that Chilton included this information as it is essential to understanding why Paul made certain choices and how some ideas that eventually make it into his theology come to be The narration then follows his travels to Jerusalem to become a Pharisee as an outspoken opponent of the Jesus Movement and his famous travel to Damascus where he experiences a vision that would change world history all the way to his rise as the Apostle to the Gentiles the development of his theology for the Jesus Movement the writing of this famous letters and his death It is a fascinating story from beginning to end regardless of how one feels about Paul and Chilton does a great job as biographer pulling from a variety of sources both religious and historical to construct his taleAfter reading this biography however I still don t necessary like Paul It is due to his work and influence that the Jesus Movement completely moved away from its Jewish roots as it transforms from a sect within the Judaism of the time into what will within his lifetime come to be known as Christianity Through his letters to the congregations he founded across Asia Minor Paul lays down a new theology that evolves the message left by Jesus of Nazareth into practices and ideas influenced by Stoicism furiously reacts against pagan practices of the time and is fueled by divine visions of the Christ that send him from proselytizing to his fellow Jews to bringing in the gentilesThe image that emerges is of a man with a vision of his mission in this world that would bear no obstacle and the truly legendary chutzpah to bring it to fruition The same temperament that allowed him to forge ahead in pursuit of what he saw as a divine calling also got him in than his fair share of problems with just about everyone he encountered making him a polarizing figure from day one Paul goes from persecutor of the Jesus Movement to fervent convert bent on bringing the good news he had found to everyone he came in contact with from ardent follower of the Torah to creator of a brand new theology that fused Judaism and Hellenism while being neither By any account and regardless of personal opinion Paul is a man worthy of admiration and Chilton does a great job of presenting his biography in a way that is accessible to anyone

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Summary Rabbi Paul An Intellectual Biography 107 Free read ë eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB î Bruce Chilton 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. 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 was delightful and insightful portrait of Paul told through the stories of the book of Acts and Paul s letters in light of the cultural geographical and ethnic factors of the Roman Empire in his day He deals admirably with the differences between Paul s testimonies and itinerary and those found in Acts and paints a scenario that accounts for gaps in the text and the unmentioned events or factors that are hinted at in the textsThis book is very helpful to bring to life the streams of thought and conflicts that arose between the Hellenistic Jews and Palestinian Jews and between the three different categories of people who followed Jesus the Christ the Jews the God fearer Gentiles that arose in Antioch and were the subject of a vision of Peter and the new pagan converts to Christ in Paul s concerted missions as a result of his personal visionsHe analyzes the dynamics of the core theme of Paul s ministry and theology present in his letters that the pagan converts to Christ come into fellowship with Christ on a eual footing with the Jews and are part of the broadly defined Israel in Christ The author draws a detailed and vivid picture of the dispute over the different views within the new movement over the relationship of the three groups within the Boyd of Christ He develops nuances that provide a strong alternative to traditional unanimity among all the apostles with Paul s view I was not always sure though exactly what sources he was drawing upon and his portrayals seemed at times somewhat strainedBut he deals with uestions not commonly dealt with in Paul s ongoing conflicts with the judaizers among whom this author includes James the brother of Jesus who was the leader of the Jerusalem messianic group In this portrait Paul is always on the outs to some degreeHe goes through each letter of Paul and correlates that with pertinent sections of the stories of Paul in Acts and develops a meaningful congregational portrait of the church in each city and how they related to Paul over the course of his ministryHe makes better sense of the offering Paul collected for the Jerusalem Christians than most commentators He analyzes which congregations contributed and which ones did not related to their shifting attitude towards PaulHe does an admirable job of analyzing the controversy over spiritual gifts in Corinth and Paul s conception of the gifts and their practical implementation He also makes sense out of the confusion in the Corinthian letters resulting from the missing first letter and the fragmentary nature of what we have as the second letter which contains fragments of several exchanges A stimulating and rewarding study from an apt and practical scholar