Paul by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
His Story

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For someone who has exercised such a profound influence on Christian theology, Paul remains a shadowy figure behind the barrier of his complicated and difficult biblical letters. Debates about his meaning have deflected attention from his personality, yet his personality is an important key to understanding his theological ideas. This book redresses the balance. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor's disciplined imagination, nourished by a lifetime of research, shapes numerous textual,
historical, and archaeological details into a colourful and enjoyable story of which Paul is the flawed but undefeated hero.

This chronological narrative offers new insights into Paul's intellectual, emotional, and religious development and puts his travels, mission, and theological ideas into a plausible biographical context. As he changes from an assimilated Jewish teenager in Tarsus to a competitive Pharisee in Jerusalem and then to a driven missionary of Christ, the sometimes contradictory components of Paul's complex personality emerge from the way he interacts with people and problems. His theology was forged
in dialogue and becomes more intelligible as our appreciation of his person deepens. In Jerome Murphy-O'Connor's engaging biography, the Apostle comes to life as a complex, intensely human individual.
 

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Published March 18, 2004 by OUP Oxford. 292 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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After an opening section in which he establishes the chronology of Paul's life and ministry, the author then explores Paul's early life and religious training and its contribution to an understanding of his life and work.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

(Elie also used the opportunity of the Niebuhr essay, published in November 2007, to conclude that the war “as fought — in the misbegotten hope that Iraq, with its fractious history, could be remade in our image — has been lost.”) So when I asked that fall evening what he was working on, Elie sur...

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Project MUSE

John Cavadini's essays deal with images of the cross in Augustine, and Dreyer contributes two essays on Bonaventure's theology of the cross.

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Project MUSE

In this biography of actor Paul Scofield, Garry O'Connor gives a chronological account of Scofield's professional life interspersed with interludes analyzing Scofield's approach to acting, "charting if possible the progress of an actor's soul" (13).

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The Paris Review

I finally wrote her back and said, “Well, you know, that is a crazy question.” And then: “No, I’ve never thought of making my novel into a graphic novel.” I mean, I can’t draw.

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