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The Gospel According to Paul
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Robin Griffith-Jones taught New Testament for several years at Oxford University and is currently a visiting lecturer at King's College, London University. He serves in one of the most historic positions in the Anglican Church, that of Master of the Temple in London, the famous church of the Knights Templar (www.templechurch.com). Griffith-Jones is the author of The Four Witnesses (on the four gospels), The Gospel According to Paul, and The Da Vinci Code and the Secrets of the Temple.

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The significance of Paul in the early Church's theological reflections on the meaning of Jesus of Nazareth has become a prominent area of study in recent New Testament scholarship. In this impressionistic study, Griffith-Jones (Master of the Temple Church, London) examines Paul's contribution to the development of early Christian Christological thought by placing Paul in his ancient historical, religious, and intellectual milieu. Unlike other commentators on Paul, who primarily seek to elucidate the theological content of the Pauline letters, Griffith-Jones considers Paul's theological thought as an integral part of the primitive Church's deepening understanding of the meaning of Jesus's death and resurrection, with its concomitant influence on the early Church's proclamation of the Gospel. The author examines the influence of various strains of ancient literature and thought on Pauline ideas, then interprets the theological message of the seven authentic Pauline letters in light of Paul's intellectual background. The final chapter shows how Paul's broad eclectic intellectual formation made him uniquely able to preach the Gospel of Jesus. The meditative, devotional writing style is easy to read and obviously aimed at a wide general audience. Recommended for popular religion collections.-Charlie Murray, White Plains, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Entertaining and enlightening ... sheds important light on the man and his times."--BookPage
"This is the most helpful book on Paul I have ever read. I am deeply indebted to its author."--Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
"The meditative, devotional writing style is easy to read and obviously aimed at a wide general audience. Recommended."--Library Journal
"One of the sharpest and most provocative readings of Paul that I have ever encountered."--Dr. Frances Flannery-Dailey, Hendrix College
Entertaining and enlightening ... sheds important light on the man and his times. --BookPage"
One of the sharpest and most provocative readings of Paul that I have ever encountered. --Dr. Frances Flannery-Dailey, Hendrix College"
The meditative, devotional writing style is easy to read and obviously aimed at a wide general audience. Recommended. --Library Journal"
This is the most helpful book on Paul I have ever read. I am deeply indebted to its author. --Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions"

Famous for his controversial teachings on the role of women in the church, his views on homosexuality and his harsh words for the Jews, Paul of Tarsus remains a bit of an enigma for modern Christians. Converted on the road to Damascus while on his way to persecute Christians, Paul became the most faithful follower of the risen Jesus and the most vigorous proselytizer of non-Christians. In a rather workmanlike and repetitious spiritual psychobiography of the Apostle, Griffith-Jones searches for the reasons for Paul's mission and the explanations for his teachings. As he argues over and over again, Paul was a seer, much like Isaiah, Ezekiel and Enoch. Paul famously experienced an apocalyptic moment of insight when he was taken up into "the third heaven," as recounted in 2 Cor. 12:2. This experience, according to Griffith-Jones, became the filter through which Paul understood his entire life and work. For Griffith-Jones, Paul "re-presents" the Anointed (Jesus) and his glory, and thus the members of Paul's churches were transformed by the Anointed's re-presentation in Paul. Griffith-Jones's writing can at times be convoluted ("The re-presentation of Jesus, the life of heaven and the transformation of converts within the course of the letter itself" is one verbless and opaque complete sentence). His tendency to shift between present and past tense and his unremarkable insights about Paul combine for a tedious exercise in spiritual biography. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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