The Cotton Patch Version of Paul's Epistles is not actually a Translation but a Transliteration. It takes the epistles of Paul and puts them into modern times and terms, that of the Civil Rights era and before. Clarence Jordan, the translator was way ahead of his time in translating the Epistles of Paul, in that he made them come alive to the people of the time. I love to read them as an adjunct to my study bible and especially the Letter to the Alabaster African Church of Smithville, Alabama, which for those of you uninitiated is Philippians. This transliteration is a 'must read' for all those wishing to gain a fuller understanding of how Paul and the other apostles worked in their areas and how especially Paul moved so freely about in the world.