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August 7, 2015
Are you looking for a book that digs into who Paul is and then naturally works its way to the 13 books conservative scholarship attributes to Pauls hand? You will want to check out this accessible volume that is widely used by seminarians and pastors alike. Polhill is a highly respected Pauline scholar, having also produced a commentary on Acts, who is the perfect choice for this volume.
He first fleshes out Paul with penetrating insight. You get an idea of the key elements of Pauls early history that molded him for the work God had for him. Roman citizen, Jew, and Pharisee, Paul was a complex person. His zeal was legendary, first for the bad and then the good. His meeting with Christ, which Polhill devotes a whole chapter, changed everything.
As the book develops, Polhill traces Paul through Acts and begins tying his letters to the narrative. Some reviewers, who feel that he offers too brief a commentary of these books, miss the point entirely. It is not a commentary at all, but a description of introductory and background issues from Pauls life. The point is showing the essence of each letter, and what, humanly speaking, brought about the need of the letter. For its actual goal, the volume wonderfully succeeded. It occasionally traced rabbit trails of more eccentric scholarship, but usually sided on the conservative side.
This book will find its home next to F.F. Bruce and Conybeare and Howson on my shelves. Plus, it is the most recent of the three. I highly recommend it!
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I needed a study book for one of my task . I was lucky to find this one. The text is easy to read and understand. There is a lot of background knowledge of the topic faitful to the original scripture text. For me this is good resourse along with the Bible.
This is one awesome book. So full of details. You must sit down with this book and your Bible, and start at the beginning and work to the end, scripture by scripture. The notes I have filled into my Bible, from this book is amazing. I am so blessed to have this book. I truly belive it is a must for all those wanting to learn about Paul, the Apostle, and his life and journey for his Lord Jesus Christ. Before you know it, you will be on his journey with him.God BlessBob Hendrickson
This is an outstanding introduction to the works of Paul. Though the author specifically claims that this is not a life of Paul, one can nevertheless find Paul's life through Acts and his letters/epistles to the churches. Well-written, thorough and exceptional footnotes for the more interested.