Paul: A Biography

Written by:
N. T. Wright
Narrated by:
James Langton

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
42
Narrator
8
Release Date
February 2018
Duration
15 hours 23 minutes
Summary
In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world.

For centuries, Paul, the apostle who ''saw the light on the Road to Damascus'' and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved.

To Wright, ''The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together.'' Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way.

Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history.
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Olivia E.

AMAZING BOOK. I have the physical copy as well. I have Input so many post it notes. This is the kind of book I will be referring back to for the rest of my life.

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Anonymous

Challenging, interesting, succinctly written. Listened repeatedly, enjoyed narration thank you

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Joseph H.

an overall recap of Paul's life as recorded in Scripture. author does a good job of providing context for Paul's work

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Baize M.

This was a good, well researched book. The author inserted a lot of his own viewpoints into Paul's theology which I personally think may be erroneous in light of Paul's Pharisaic history and how it affected his interpretation of Torah and law, but overall I liked this listen. I'll probably listen to it again for the insight into Paul's mind and travels. It's helpful for my own studies, so this is a 5 for me. The book has a lot of information and was actually inspirational to hear.

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