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The Power of Images in Paul
Collins, Raymond F.

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2008 pp. xv + 307. $49.95


Description: In his letters to the early Christian communities, the apostle Paul left for Christians of all time an array of powerful images: from the pain of a thorn in the flesh to the tenderness of a nursing mother for her children, from the competition on an athletic field to the growth of an agricultural field. In The Power of Images in Paul, Raymond Collins explores how Paul uses the ordinary to describe what is extraordinary, how Paul skillfully uses a wide range of metaphors as a means of both persuasion and clarification. But this book is more than an analysis of Paulís images themselves. Collins also examines how Paul deliberately draws from secular as well as religious and biblical themes in order to draw a culturally diverse audience into relationship with Christ. Entering Paulís world with Collins, readers will better appreciate Paulís use of metaphor and, more important, be persuaded as was Paulís original audience of Godís unfailing love in Christ.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Nils Neumann
Published 5/9/2009
Citation: Nils Neumann, review of Raymond F. Collins, The Power of Images in Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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