Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission, and His Message   -     By: Michael F. Bird
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IVP Academic / 2009 / Paperback

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Master theologian, pastoral mentor, spiritual advisor, dedicated missionary---Paul was all of these and more. Diving below the surface, Bird introduces us to a Paul who transcends labels and defies our preconceptions. Animated and penetrating, this fresh study will challenge your assumptions and offer a new understanding of Paul's views on justification and the gospel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830828974
ISBN-13: 9780830828975
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Publisher's Description

Many Christians who know and love the Bible think they know the apostle Paul. He's a theological master, a pastoral mentor, a spiritual adviser and a missionary hero. Yet just when we think we have him in our grasp, he slips through our fingers. At the point where we suppose we have finally understood him, Paul again confounds us. But he also beckons us to explore God's ways more deeply. Michael Bird suggests that if the Paul we claim to know looks and sounds a lot like us, it's probably a warning light that we don't know him as well as we think we do. But if we let Paul be Paul, allowing him to speak for himself in his language, on his terms and for his purposes, then we stand a chance of meeting him anew. Introducing Paul is an animated and penetrating survey of Paul's life and teaching. It covers all the basics students need, while offering new insights with a light touch. Blending life and study, Bird aims to get us excited about reading Paul's letters, sharing his gospel and living the Christian life the way he thought it should be lived. For beginning students and laypeople, Introducing Paul is a valuable entrance into the contemporary study of Paul.

Author Bio

Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he served at Crossway College in Australia and Highland Theological College in Scotland. He is the author of several books, including and as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews.

Author Bio

Michael F. Bird is lecturer in New Testament at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. He is the author of several books, including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission and The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification and the New Perspective, as well as numerous essays, articles and reviews.

Publisher Description

Many Christians who know and love the Bible think they know the apostle Paul. He's a theological master, a pastoral mentor, a spiritual adviser and a missionary hero. Yet just when we think we have him in our grasp, he slips through our fingers. At the point where we suppose we have finally understood him, Paul again confounds us. But he also beckons us to explore God's ways more deeply.

Michael Bird suggests that if the Paul we claim to know looks and sounds a lot like us, it's probably a warning light that we don't know him as well as we think we do. But if we let Paul be Paul, allowing him to speak for himself in his language, on his terms and for his purposes, then we stand a chance of meeting him anew.

Introducing Paul is an animated and penetrating survey of Paul's life and teaching. It covers all the basics students need, while offering new insights with a light touch. Blending life and study, Bird aims to get us excited about reading Paul's letters, sharing his gospel and living the Christian life the way he thought it should be lived. For beginning students and laypeople, Introducing Paul is a valuable entrance into the contemporary study of Paul.

Editorial Reviews

"This is the first book to put in the hands of the student or layperson who wants to know what Paul is all about. The super bonus of this book is that it navigates current discussions about Paul without burdening the reader. Introducing Paul sparkles with wit."
"Michael Bird offers an insightful, readable and serious (yet occasionally witty) introduction to Paul in conversation with the best scholarship on the apostle. It will be especially useful for those who think they know Paul well but have the courage to take a fresh look and have their assumptions challenged. Particularly important are Bird's discussions of justification and of the gospel itself. Let those who have ears to hear listen to what the Spirit--via Paul and Bird--is saying to the people of God in a world that seems increasingly similar to Paul's."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 27, 2009
    Steve Duby
    This is a faithful, helpful introduction to the apostle Paul, his theology, and his epistles. Bird treats a broad range of important themes, including the essential content of Paul's gospel, the dynamics of the atonement, the nature of justification, and the ethics of Paul. He writes in a clear and sometimes even humorous manner, offering up several poignant critiques of the spiritual and theological shortcomings found in contemporary evangelicalism. Not a little of my appreciation of this book stems from the fact that Bird has a way of upholding traditional perspectives on tough topics (e.g., the atonement, homosexuality) without sounding naive or harsh. If I were pressed to recommend an introductory book on Paul to a fellow believer ready to grow in their understanding of Holy Scripture in general and Paul in particular, this would probably be the first to come to mind.
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