Paul Behaving Badly by E Randolph Richards

By decafJess - October 06, 2016

get ready to wear your critical thinking cap.

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? This is required reading for readers of the New Testament. As the writers point out, when we read biographies of famous people, we are often a bit familiar with their time period. However, how many modern Christians have a scholarly knowledge of the Roman Empire around the beginning of the common era?

The authors seek to remedy this by placing the writings of Paul both within the realities of the world in which he lived and within the context of the scriptures he references. They manage to approach often-controversial topics such as gender roles and sexuality while maintaining a scholarly neutrality that presents the facts, not interprets them, for the reader. While packed full of notes and references, this book maintains a readability that prevents it from feeling overwhelming or like homework.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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