Paul the Apostle Hardback

His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context

by J. Albert Harrill;

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Paul the Apostle

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This book is a controversial new biography of the apostle Paul that argues for his inclusion in the pantheon of key figures of classical antiquity, along with the likes of Socrates, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra and Augustus.

It first provides a critical reassessment of the apostle's life in its historical context that focuses on Paul's discourse of authority, which was both representative of its Roman context and provocative to his rivals within Roman society. It then considers the legend that developed around Paul as the history of his life was elaborated and embellished by later interpreters, creating legends that characterized the apostle variously as a model citizen, an imperial hero, a sexual role model, an object of derision and someone to quote from. It is precisely this rewriting of Paul's history into legend that makes the apostle a key transformative figure of classical antiquity.

Paul the Apostle by J. Albert Harrill was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2012. The ISBN for Paul the Apostle is 9780521767644.

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Part I. The Life:
1. From Pharisee to Apostle
2. Communities in the making
3. Paul's life in its Roman context
Part II. The Legend:
4. Competing stories about Paul in Late Antiquity
5. Paul the scriptural authority: contradictory discourses
6. How the West got Paul wrong
Conclusion: going beyond the epitaph.


Details for Paul the Apostle

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 2012)
Number of Pages220
Thickness15 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4037552
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