Paul: A Biography Paperback

by Tom Wright

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The culmination of decades of thought and writings, Tom Wright's biography of Paul gives you a considered and rounded picture of the key New Testament figure.

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Paul: A Biography

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  • Want to learn of the man behind miracles in Acts and the Epistles?
  • Tom Wright channels a lifetime of understanding into this insightful biography of Paul
  • You'll gain a rounded and thoughtful picture of Paul, and what his life means

This compelling reconstruction of the life and thought of St Paul paints a vivid picture of the Roman world in which he preached his revolutionary message. It explains the significance of Paul's lasting impact on both the Church and the world.

Elegantly written by arguably the most influential Pauline scholar in the world today - Paul a Biography is Tom Wright at his very best.

This gripping historical life story will appeal to both believers and historians, painting a picture that provides insight and new understanding of both the man Paul and the world in which he lived.

Paul: A Biography by Tom Wright was published by SPCK in February 2020 and is our 1674th best seller. The ISBN for Paul: A Biography is 9780281078769.

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List of Maps



Part One: Beginnings

1. Zeal

2. Damascus

3. Arabia and Tarsus

4. Antioch

Part Two: Herald of the king

5. Cyprus and Galatia

6. Antioch and Jerusalem

7. Into Europe

8. Athens

9. Corinth I

10. Ephesus I

11. Ephesus II

12. Corinth II

13. Jerusalem Again

Part Three: The Sea, The Sea

14. From Caesarea to Rome—and Beyond?

15. The Challenge of Paul

Chronological Table


Scripture Index

Subject Index


'A biography of St Paul by his greatest living interpreter: it is a dream come true. This is the book that I had always hoped Tom Wright might write, while doubting that he ever would. And now here it is - and, my goodness, it does not disappoint!’ - Tom Holland, author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

An enthralling journey into the mind of Paul by one of the great theologians of our time, a work full of insight, depth and generosity of understanding. - Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

'Wright’s excellent book not only brings Paul to life but places that life in the complex and overlapping array of Jewish and non-Jewish communities, all set within the Roman empire. The result provides much to think about both for students of Paul and the early Christian communities of which he was so significant a founder and shaper, but also for anyone interested in the history of the first century of the Christian era.' - John Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Edinburgh

In eloquent and inviting prose, one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars retells the story behind the story, the story of the Apostle Paul whose letters have shaped so much of subsequent history. . . A master teacher here communicates Paul in language every reader can understand. - Craig S. Keener, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky

'A compelling portrait.' - Edith M. Humphrey, Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

A highlight of Wright’s biography is how he immerses us in the immediacy of Paul feeling his way through the implications of preaching a homeless, executed man as Israel’s Messiah, which required all of Paul’s restless energy, but also cost him greatly. - Nick Mattiske

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Details for Paul: A Biography

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (February 2020)
Number of Pages480
Height216 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4792160
Page last updated 26th January 2019
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