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Who were Barnabas and Paul? Was Paul an angry loner, misogynist, legalist, and curmudgeon, or hero and martyr? Through point and counterpoint, the author unravels Paul's message by looking at his relationship with Barnabas. The result is a fresh portrait of the Paul we only think we know and Barnabas an otherwise unheralded apostle.
When the Church cannot condemn or kill a leader who upsets the status quo, it either canonizes the individual and controls his image (as with Paul) or pushes him off into relative obscurity (as with Barnabas). Paul and Barnabas started out as inseparable, close friends and colleagues until a conflict tore them apart. Barnabas of Cyprus faded into relative obscurity, while Paul of Tarsus became, apart from Jesus himself, the most influential figure in the history of Christianity and, arguably, the most maligned. By exploring their common journey, we can move beyond myths and assumptions. Theirs was a partnership that, quite literally, changed the world.
The book contains study questions for individual or group study.
|Title: Barnabas vs. Paul: To Encourage or Confront?|
By: Charles Kevin Robertson
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2015|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW882778
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-Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Nobel Peace Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Popular perceptions of Barnabas and Paul are often misleading and prejudicial. In his readable and absorbing book, Robertson has restored the truth about these two Christian workers who--in their distinctly separate ways--cleared the way for the growth of the church and the advance of the gospel around the world.
President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, USA
Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see? Leave your preconceptions at the door, and learn who Paul and Barnabas really were and what they actually espoused. Read Robertson's account of early Christian struggles and see the parallels with your own faith community and its environs. Read and learn to be dangerous and reinvigorated for what youve been sent into the world to do and be!
-The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori,
Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church
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