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The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity
Pervo, Richard I.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010 pp. xv + 376. $32.00


Description: The influence of the apostle Paul in early Christianity goes far beyond the reach of the seven genuine letters he wrote to early assemblies. Paul was revered —and fiercely opposed —in an even larger number of letters penned in his name, and in narratives told about him and against him, that were included in our New Testament and, far more often, treasured and circulated outside it. Richard Pervo provides an illuminating and comprehensive survey of the legacy of Paul and the various ways he was remembered, honored, and vilified in the early churches. Numerous charts and maps introduce the student to the "family" of Pauline and anti-Pauline Christianities.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by James W. Aageson
Published 2/1/2011
Citation: James W. Aageson, review of Richard I. Pervo, The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Carolyn Osiek
Published 2/1/2011
Citation: Carolyn Osiek, review of Richard I. Pervo, The Making of Paul: Constructions of the Apostle in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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