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“A refreshing and heartening exculpation of a still routinely maligned figure of the first importance to culture and civilization.” (Booklist (starred review) )

“In this scholarly and engaging account . . . Borg and Crossan successfully argue that we must separate the genuine writings of the apostle from the writings attributed to him . . . This well-researched and highly readable account is recommended for all students of Paul [and] interested lay readers.”” (Library Journal )

“Paul is one of the most controversial figures in Christian history—and one of the most misunderstood. . . . Many will be thrilled with this fresh, erudite portrait of the man.” (Publishers Weekly )
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ISBN-10:  0061430722
ISBN-13:  978-0061430725
Author:  Marcus J. Borg
Genre:  Religion & Spirituality
Publisher:  HarperOne
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It is unlikely to get agreement over Paul from a Protestant (Episcopalian in this case) and Catholic theologian, given the Reformation holy war between the two denominations over Luther's theses, so strongly influenced by Luther's new (reformed even) reading of Paul. "The First Paul" is an attempt for such a conciliation, if not final reconciliation, and as such it can leave one of either religious persuasion in the battle (and many of other persuasions looking on from the sideline) only partially …
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