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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Jun 2009
This review is from: Paul: His Story (Paperback)
This very readable account of the background, conversion and ministry of St. Paul benefits from the expertise gathered in a lifetime of study by the writer, Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, but presented for the general reader. Enough background information is given to illuminate the facts but without becoming bogged down in academic argument. End-notes and a useful bibliography are available for those who wish to take their interest to the next level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very personal view, 29 May 2011
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Fr. Murphy O'Connor writes beautifully and brings both Paul and his times alive. He has obviously taken the trouble to tread in Paul's footsteps and sail in his wake, and can thus describe the sights which Paul saw and reflect upon what thoughts they might have prompted. These insights are backed by vast learning.

I have, however, a quibble. I appreciate that this is not meant to be the kind of book which bores the reader with academic argument, but I still feel that he has taken some strong positions which need defending. For example he does not even contemplate the possibility that Luke the Evangelist knew Paul personally. His view on the chronology - for example the date of the Jerusalem Council, is simply taken as read. I also feel that sometimes he is over-anxious to prove that he is more modern and liberal in outlook than might be expected of a Dominican priest. He does not have to trumpet the self-evident virtues of the New Testament women.

Four stars, then, not five; but I would still urge you to get a copy if you want to spend a few hours in the Mediterranean of the First Century.
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