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The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul
Price, Robert M.

Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2012 pp. xviii + 561. $28.95

Description: The story of Paul is one of irony, the New Testament depicting him at the martyrdom of Stephen holding the assassins’ cloaks. This same Paul is transformed into the biblical archetype for someone suffering for their faith. He becomes so entrenched, it would appear that he was Christian all his life, that he was the first to define the faith, eventually being called the “second founder of Christianity.” But much of what we think we “know” about Paul comes from Sunday school stories we heard as children. The stories were didactic tales meant to keep us reverent and obedient. As adults reading the New Testament, we catch glimpses of a very different kind of disciple—an ascetic hermit whom Tertullian dubbed “the second apostle of Marcion and the apostle of the heretics.” What does scholarship tell us about the enigmatic thirteenth apostle who looms larger than life in the New Testament? The epistles give evidence of having been written at the end of the first century or early in the second—too late to have been Paul’s actual writings. So who wrote (and rewrote) them? Robert M. Price tells us in this exciting journey of discovery, giving readers the background for a story we thought we knew.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Acts, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Glenn E. Snyder
Published 4/2/2015
Citation: Glenn E. Snyder, review of Robert M. Price, The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

Review by Corneliu Constantineanu
Published 4/2/2015
Citation: Corneliu Constantineanu, review of Robert M. Price, The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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