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Foreword xi 1 Paul the Man 3 2 Paul the Jew 36 3 Paul the Convert 61 4 Paul the Apostle 99 5 Paul & the Acts of the Apostles 120 6 Paul & Other New Testament Writings 163 7 Paul's Stature 209 To the New Testament Scholar 221 Index to Subjects and Names 229 Index to Scriptural Passages 235 Foreword xi 1 Paul the Man 3 2 Paul the Jew 36 3 Paul the Convert 61 4 Paul the Apostle 99 5 Paul & the Acts of the Apostles 120 6 Paul & Other New Testament Writings 163 7 Paul's Stature 209 To the New Testament Scholar 221 Index to Subjects and Names 229 Index to Scriptural Passages 235


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Foreword xi 1 Paul the Man 3 2 Paul the Jew 36 3 Paul the Convert 61 4 Paul the Apostle 99 5 Paul & the Acts of the Apostles 120 6 Paul & Other New Testament Writings 163 7 Paul's Stature 209 To the New Testament Scholar 221 Index to Subjects and Names 229 Index to Scriptural Passages 235 Foreword xi 1 Paul the Man 3 2 Paul the Jew 36 3 Paul the Convert 61 4 Paul the Apostle 99 5 Paul & the Acts of the Apostles 120 6 Paul & Other New Testament Writings 163 7 Paul's Stature 209 To the New Testament Scholar 221 Index to Subjects and Names 229 Index to Scriptural Passages 235

11 review for The Genius of Paul: A Study in History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This book was required by Rev. Haas for RELST 114, Christian Scriptures, at Grinnell College. Written by Rabbi Sandmel, it offers a salutory Jewish perspective on the Jew who, more than anyone, created what we think of a Christianity. Most of the Christian canon is either by Paul, attributed to Paul, composed by those associated with Paul or, arguably, a reaction to Paul. Recently, while involved with the ultimately successful effort to expose the right-wing takeover attempt on Shimer College, I This book was required by Rev. Haas for RELST 114, Christian Scriptures, at Grinnell College. Written by Rabbi Sandmel, it offers a salutory Jewish perspective on the Jew who, more than anyone, created what we think of a Christianity. Most of the Christian canon is either by Paul, attributed to Paul, composed by those associated with Paul or, arguably, a reaction to Paul. Recently, while involved with the ultimately successful effort to expose the right-wing takeover attempt on Shimer College, I met Sandmel's grandson, a former student of the school, at our local Cunneen's Tavern.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven Bullmer

    Hard to say if this is biblical studies or biography. It's both, really. Sandmel is out of the old school of historical criticism, and history does seem to trump theology. Still, there is plenty of theology and theory to go around. One of his more interesting theories is that Acts was written to "neutralize" Paul. Why did Paul need to be neutralized? Paul was a renegade, and anti-institutionalist who bucked both tradition-bound Judaism and nascent Christianity by claiming he was authorized to be Hard to say if this is biblical studies or biography. It's both, really. Sandmel is out of the old school of historical criticism, and history does seem to trump theology. Still, there is plenty of theology and theory to go around. One of his more interesting theories is that Acts was written to "neutralize" Paul. Why did Paul need to be neutralized? Paul was a renegade, and anti-institutionalist who bucked both tradition-bound Judaism and nascent Christianity by claiming he was authorized to be an apostle and a missionary by neither. He was called and commissioned by Christ on the Damascus Road, and if his ministry was good enough for Christ, Paul didn't need any bureaucrats or boards to authorize his activity. To back up his theory, Sandmel points out that the Jerusalem Council is not mentioned in Paul's letters, Peter is harshly treated in Galatians, and nowhere in Paul's letters does he suggest he's working for the Jerusalem Council in carrying their letter of acceptance to the Gentiles. As old-school as Sandmel is, he is amazingly contemporary in his analysis of Paul's theology being God-centered, not Christ-centered (what matters for Paul is what God does through Christ), and while Paul's Jewish roots are shaped by Hellenism, he is Jewish nonetheless and never repudiates his faith tradition. In the end, it was an interesting read, though dated. And I can't really tell you what Sandmel thinks was Paul's genius, regardless of the title to the book.

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