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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 1986
|Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 X 3/4 inches (inches)|
"Except for the Lord Himself,no single figure has done more for the Christian faith."
If you want to understand Christianity, you need to understand Paul. But with so many books on the apostle, where do you start?
Paul the Apostle is the ideal choice if you want a solid understanding of Pauls life, ministry, and writings without getting weighed down with minutia. Author Robert E. Picirilli, who taught college courses on Paul for over twenty-five years, found that most books on the apostle were either too technical or too basic, so he wrote a book that strikes a happy medium. It offers:
- A profile of Paul in his historical and cultural context
- Outlines and explanations of his missionary journeys
- Introductions and brief analyses of each of his epistles
Useful for individual study or as a textbook (as it is in many universities today), Paul the Apostle is a great one-stop study of the man who wrote half the New Testament, spread the gospel to the heart of the known world, and gave his life for the Kingdom.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Appreciate the story of Paul, the history, and the mapsMarch 23, 2018Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was so excited to read this book because we were studying Romans this year in our Bible Study Fellowship. I knew this book would give me more insight into Paul and I was anxious to see what I would learn about him that I didn't already know (which I figured would be a lot!).
This was a heavy book, not in the sense that it was big theological words that were hard to read. It flowed nicely, but it was hard in the sense that there was so much information that I wanted to soak in and remember. I felt like I needed to read little sections at a time and give my brain a chance to process all that I had read. I'm pretty sure most pages within this book have some highlighter marks on it!
When I finished this book, I was more amazed by Paul and challenged by him, especially as I was walking through Romans at the same time. It gave me more of a historical perspective about him.
Throughout the book, Picirilli discusses Paul's dispersion background, Paul as the Jew, his conversion and commission, from new convert to missionary traveler, his Gentile mission, the third missionary journey, Paul as a prisoner, and his last years. There is so much information packed into this 288 page book!
One thing that sets it apart from other books is that it includes maps! I was so thankful because then I didn't have to whip out my phone to figure out the location of places. I found that very helpful. Another favorite of mine were the extra historical inserts. I really appreciated knowing what was going on in history at certain times. For example, he does a sort of "breakout box" on the Jewish Synagogue during Paul's time. I found it interesting that it only took 10 families in order to organize a local synagogue. I always pictured it being a lot of people to form one. He also goes into detail on the structure of the synagogue, as well as the order of ther service. Having not been to a Jewish synagogue, it was helpful for me to envision the service. I also did not realize that any competent male Israelite could preach, although the rabbi usually did it. I thought that was mandated for the rabbi to do.
One of my favorite sections was on Paul's ministry with Barnabas. I think many people like Barnabas because he was such an encourager to Paul and was spoken of so dearly, even in their parting. Another helpful section was travel in the time of Paul.
I loved this entire book, but the history breakout boxes were by far the thing that gave me such insight, weaved into Paul's story. This is a book that I plan to revisit again and again. There is something new I know I will learn and relearn every time I read it.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
EvemanSaint Louis,MO.Age: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great PrimerFebruary 1, 2013EvemanSaint Louis,MO.Age: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was my textbook in Bible college for a class called "The Epistles of Paul" and the book was very informative on the background of Paul without getting too detailed. It formed my understanding of Paul to this day and the facts I learned have never come into question from other sources. Great Book!