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Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods
Schnabel, Eckhard J.

Downer's Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2008 pp. 518. $32.00


Description: Eckhard Schnabel's two-volume Early Christian Mission is widely recognized as the most complete and authoritative contemporary study of the first-century Christian missionary movement. Now in Paul the Missionary Schnabel condenses volume two of the set, drawing on his research to provide a manageable study for students of Paul as well as students and practitioners of Christian mission today. Schnabel first focuses the spotlight on Paul's missionary work--the realities he faced, and the strategies and methods he employed. Applying his grasp of the wide range of ancient sources and of contemporary scholarship, he clarifies our understanding, expands our knowledge and corrects our misconceptions of Paul the missionary. In a final chapter Schnabel shines the recovered light of Paul's missionary methods and practices on Christian mission today. Much like Roland Allen's classic Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours? of nearly a century ago, Schnabel offers both praise and criticism. For those who take the time to immerse themselves in the world of Paul's missionary endeavor, this final chapter will be both rewarding and searching.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Torrey Seland
Published 8/16/2009
Citation: Torrey Seland, review of Eckhard J. Schnabel, Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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