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In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom
Crossan, John Dominic and Jonathan L. Reed

San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005 pp. xiv + 447. $19.95


Description: John Dominic Crossan, the eminent historical Jesus scholar, and Jonathan L. Reed, an expert in biblical archaeology, reveal through archaeology and textual scholarship that Paul, like Jesus, focused on championing the Kingdom of God––a realm of justice and equality––against the dominant, worldly powers of the Roman empire. Many theories exist about who Paul was, what he believed, and what role he played in the origins of Christianity. Using archaeological and textual evidence, and taking advantage of recent major discoveries in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Syria, Crossan and Reed show that Paul was a fallible but dedicated successor to Jesus, carrying on Jesus's mission of inaugurating the Kingdom of God on earth in opposition to the reign of Rome. Against the concrete backdrop of first–century Grego–Roman and Jewish life, In Search of Paul reveals the work of Paul as never before, showing how and why the liberating messages and practices of equality, caring for the poor, and a just society under God's rules, not Rome's, were so appealing.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Elliott Maloney
Published 6/26/2009
Citation: Elliott Maloney, review of John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed, In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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