Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? (Paperback)

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? By E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O'Brien Cover Image

Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? (Paperback)

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The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours. Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this "worst of sinners" dares to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."

Brandon J. O'Brien (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of Christian theology at Ouachita Baptist University and director of OBU at New Life Church. O'Brien is a senior editor for Leadership Journal. Together O'Brien and Richards are coauthors of Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes.E. Randolph Richards (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean and professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His books include Rediscovering Jesus, Rediscovering Paul, The Story of Israel and Paul and First-Century Letter Writing.
Product Details ISBN: 9780830844722
ISBN-10: 0830844724
Publisher: IVP
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English