As even Peter observed, Paul's letters ''contain some things that are hard to understand.'' Brauch tackles forty-eight of them, such as ''Hand this man over to Satan,'' and ''I do not permit a woman to teach.'' By supplying background information and by putting each passage in the context of the whole of Paul's teaching, Brauch helps you understand the importance of Paul's sayings for Christian life today. Paper, 216 pages, from InterVarsity.
The apostle Paul makes clear the central truths of Christianity. But sometimes he leaves us puzzled. As Peter said so long ago, Paul's "letters contain some things that are hard to understand." Is the law good? Is it better to be single or married? Is God really just? What wil happen to the Jews? Should women be allowed to teach? Seldom have the questions become easier over time. Manfred Brauch, drawing on years of pastoral experience and biblical study, takes on forty-eight hard sayings of Paul and offers the kind of help we need. By supplying background and putting these sayings in the context of the whole of Paul's teaching, he helps us not only to understand them but to see their importance for Christian living today.
Manfred T. Brauch (Ph.D., McMaster University) is retired professor of biblical theology and past president of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of and and a contributor to Since 2004, Brauch and his wife have done long-term volunteer work in medical missions and theological education in Chile, Russia and Cameroon, West Africa.