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This resource is intended to help people who are reading through Paul's letters for the first time or are reading them again for a new look. It is designed to give the context of these letters, enabling readers to better interpret them. It is also designed to assist the non-specialist work through these sometimes difficult epistles. This 4th edition contains an expansion of the chapter, "Currents and Crosscurrents", additions to the bibliography, as well as changes to the language and references in each chapter, bringing up to date this valuable resource.
Exploring the sometimes heated exchanges found in the letters of Paul, Calvin Roetzel compares Paul's Jewish background and the cultures of his converts. Roetzel brings alive Paul's intriguing and sometimes enigmatic personality, making his theology as accessible and engaging to Christians today as it was to Christians living in the first century.