Phoebe Paperback

A Story

by Paula Gooder


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A debut novel like no other, renown Biblical scholar and speaker Paul Gooder uses her expertise to create a vivid and moving Biblical story. 

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Phoebe

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  • For fans of thoughtful Biblical Fiction
  • Paula Gooder brings her vast expertise to this novel of the story of Phoebe
  • Phoebe brings to life the world of the Apostle Paul
The gripping first novel from renowned New Testament scholar Paula Gooder, which brings alive first-century Christianity and the apostle Paul as never before.

Sometime around 56 AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece, and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae; in writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon and as a helper or patron of many. But who was this remarkable woman?

In this, her first novel, Biblical scholar and popular author and speaker Paula Gooder tells Phoebe's story - who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith - and in doing so opens up Paul's theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul's thinking, and the faith of the early church.

Written in the gripping style of Gerd Theissen's The Shadow of the Galilean, and similarly rigorously researched, this is a novel for everyone and anyone who wants to engage more deeply and imaginatively with Paul's theology - from one of the UK's foremost New Testament scholars.

Phoebe by Paula Gooder was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2019 and is our 1277th best seller. The ISBN for Phoebe is 9781444791747.

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An engrossing story... Gooder's profound scholarship is lightly and effectively incorporated... Electrifying... a very effective and thought-provoking dramatization... Highly recommended — Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

This book is a really vivid and sympathetic picture of the world of the first Christians, opened up through the personality of Paul's colleague and friend, Phoebe. Very few people are as expert as Paula Gooder in communicating biblical scholarship clearly and creatively, and this first venture into historical story-telling will bring the biblical text freshly alive for a wide and enthusiastic readership. — Rowan Williams

Enter Dr Paula Gooder, with her fine scholarship, brilliant research and articulate imagination... If I had one word to describe Phoebe, it would be 'charm'. — Richard Littledale

Gooder's application of Christian theology to her story of Phoebe is masterful — Church Times

Phoebe does not disappoint: it is a very enjoyable and interesting story. — Christian Librarian Magazine

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Details for Phoebe

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton (May 2019)
Number of Pages320
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
ISBN9781444791747
ISBN-101444791745
Product Code4749876
Page last updated 15th April 2019
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