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by A. N. Wilson

  • ISBN: 0393040666
  • Author: A. N. Wilson
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  • Rating: 4.2 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 273
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st American ed edition (April 1, 1997)
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  • Category: Bibles
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In 1997 he published "Paul, the Mind of the Apostle"; approaching Paul as "biographer". There is a lot of information in this audio book.

In 1997 he published "Paul, the Mind of the Apostle"; approaching Paul as "biographer". The Author spends the first half of the book setting up the history of the times and it isn't until the second half of the book when we really get to know Paul. I am not a theologian, so I can't say how accuratly the book ties in with the bible.

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In Wilson's deft and psychologically astute narrative, we see Paul negotiating the .

In Wilson's deft and psychologically astute narrative, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire; traveling everywhere; making converts; writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and the sublime paradoxes of his teaching; defusing the natural antagonism of the supreme temporal power to this dangerous spiritual force, Christianity, which would in time consume that empire. The answers lie in Wilson's extraordinary biography, which lays bare the psychological journey of Christianity's true inventor. Books for People with Print Disabilities.

Paul, unlike Jesus, has left us some of his own writings. A. N. Wilson proposes in his book that Paul was the founder of Christianity. It was he who argued against the judaizers of the early church. Thoughtful and dense, these give us a window into the mind that to a large extent "created" Christian theology. Reading these letters with a novelist's sensitivity and a historian's knowledge, Wilson draws conclusions about Paul that more traditional scholars would be afraid to make. It was he who stated that getting circumcised was like denying Christ. Jesus, Wilson contends, was a Jew who did not foresee an organization coming from his preaching.

In this book, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire, making converts, and writing the .

In this book, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire, making converts, and writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and of the sublime paradoxes of his teaching. What drove Paul? What would he think of what his church has become? The answers lie in Wilson's extraordinary biography, which lays bare the psychological journey of Christianity's true inventor. Paul: The Mind of the Apostle (9780393317602) by .

In Wilson's astute narrative, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire, making converts, and writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and of the sublime paradoxes of his teaching

In Wilson's astute narrative, we see Paul negotiating the dangerous political currents of the Roman Empire, making converts, and writing the great epistles that define our understanding of Christ and of the sublime paradoxes of his teaching.

The Mind of the Apostle. This book sees a different Paul, the first of the great romantic poets, the man who made the crucified Jesus his inner light and in so doing preserved the image of Christ the Saviour for posterity. Jesus was no Christian, and his friends made no effort to break away from Jesus's religion, Judaism. What we call Christianity began with a Jew from Eastern Turkey known to the world as Paul of Tarsus.

Paul: The Mind of the Apostle. God’s Funeral: A Biography of Faith And Doubt in Western Civilization.

Bibliographic Details. Title: PAUL, THE MIND OF THE APOSTLE. Publisher: W. W. Norton & C. NY. Publication Date: 1997. Focusing on the psychological motives behind Paul's life, the author of the best-selling Jesus shows how the apostle invented Christianity through his proselytizing, his teachings, and his negotiating the perilous political currents of the Roman Empire. Wilson, who has written revisionist biographies of Jesus, Tolstoy, and . Lewis, trains his critical eye on the first self-identified Christian writer in Paul: The Mind of the Apostle.

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saafari
A. N. WILSON :
wiki quote: In the late 1980s, he publicly stated that he was an atheist and published a pamphlet Against Religion in the Chatto & Windus CounterBlasts series; however, religious and ecclesiological themes continue to inform his work. For nearly 30 years he continued to be both a sceptic, and a prominent atheist.
In April 2009, he published an article in the Daily Mail affirming his rediscovery of faith, and conversion to Christianity, attacking at the same time both academic and media atheists. (WIKI)

In 1997 he published "Paul, the Mind of the Apostle"; approaching Paul as "biographer".
Review : pp. 1-127 :

WILSON: BIOGRAPHY AS THEOLOGY:
Any serious student of theology would be interested in this exposition by Wilson. Written during his atheist-period, it takes on an interesting atmosphere. But; regardless of his stance at the time; one cannot help but interject "theology" in the midst of objective biography when it comes to the emerging first look at this movement that became known as Christianity.

Personally, I found the manuscript to be a treasure and I rate it as "excellent", especially as a supplement for anyone doing an in-depth study of the book of Acts. It becomes "essential" in that regard.

Wilson begins with a triad for "Paul's Jerusalem". This triad consists of: 1. The temple-of-Herod", 2. Ebionite Christianity, and 3. The "Galmaliel-Synagogue-School". This triad preps the reader for the next triad that begins to gel the various streams of thought into a theological/mythical whole. The second and more-definitive triad consists of: 1. Conversion: and the writing of a "MUTHOS-ALETHIA" (truth-thru-myth), 2. The wilderness years of travel in order to sort out the significance of the experience on the road to Damascus (including a 3-part practice of: MUSTERION-PERIPATEO-SUDZETEOS; interpretation of the sensate-vision experience; wanderings to define life; and "debate" which he had been trained for. And then finally 3. The benefit of "spiritual-division" between Jerusalem and Antioch-Syria.
By organizing his thought-picture for us, Wilson has provided us with "essential" material for any serious study of Paul, or Luke, or Acts in general.
I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of this superb study. 5 stars, of course.

WRAPPING THINGS UP: pp. 127-180 :

Wilson presents the historical-Paul in pages 1-127, as reviewed above. The only thing left is to articulate the emergence of his "new-mind" theology which gets articulated to the Ephesian Elders, during Paul's departure. That means the ministry to the "Athens /Corinth metroplex" becomes the concentrated site for theological-emergence.

The positive aspect of a spiritual division between the Ebionites and the Hellenists results in a determined and original theological effort on the part of Paul in Athens, and then in Corinth. In Athens, Paul develops his DIKAIOSUNE-doctrine; which is not obtainable as a "techne", but only through Jesus Christ who embodies "Diakaiosune" righteousness.

In Corinth, Paul couples together the "Agape-Meal" with the "Mithra-Sacramental-Feast" & the understanding of the "sacrificial-nature" of Christ's crucifixion; in order to record the first emergence of the Eucharist-rite as taking place in Corinth, not Jerusalem.

That gives us the Historical-Paul, the Doctrinal-Paul, and the Ritual-Paul. The only thing left is the "unfinished narrative of "what happened?"" how does it end?" We are not given the answer. The book wraps-up at page 180.

5 stars for certain, a wealth of information in these 180 pages.
Small Black
Wilson approaches his biographies of Paul and Jesus from a somewhat conflicted perspective. He wants to be very skeptical of the conclusions of modern Christianity, yet he isn't sure whether Acts and the Synoptics are complete fiction or literal truth. He seems to careen from one extreme to another throughout the book. He'll cite a passage from Acts as if it were literal history to cast doubts on one of Paul's Epistles. Two pages later, he'll do the opposite. At the end of the book, you're left scratching your head. Does Wilson think the entire New Testament is literal truth or sophisticated mythmaking? Or does he favor some parts over others? Also, it is interesting to read an author who is both skeptical of the New Testament and of other skeptics. For instance, most modern critics of the New Testament accept the existence of Q. Wilson practically dismisses it out of hand. Also, Wilson seems nearly completely ignorant of the findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi library.
All that said, I enjoyed reading this book. I was entertained by trying to figure out what Wilson's intended message was.
Xal
I'm going to be nice and give it four stars, because it does include a lot of information and I did learn something new. A.N. Wilson is very knowledgeable about the era, the Roman gods, the belief systems of the time, and the situation in Israel.

Unfortunately, A.N. Wilson goes to great lengths to convince the readers that Paul was a wonderful man and a religious genius, and that everyone who believes that Paul was a self-serving trouble maker must have misunderstood the Bible. Oh well. We weren't there, we will never know the truth. But the "proof" in the book is weak and lacks credibility.

What makes the book difficult to read, is that it is not laid out logically. The content jumps from speaking about Paul or Jesus or the other apostles, to going into depths about the history of the Roman Empire (hundreds of years BC) or how the church has developed after his death. Many sentences are also long and winding and difficult to read.
Usaxma
There is a lot of information in this audio book. The Author spends the first half of the book setting up the history of the times and it isn't until the second half of the book when we really get to know Paul. I am not a theologian, so I can't say how accuratly the book ties in with the bible. On the other hand, the author takes pains to express that his writing is based on history and the biblical portrait of Paul is relevant only to the extent that it supports the history. It is very English so from a "yank's" perspective the author often uses four or five words when, in my opinion, two words would do just as well. I can't imagine reading this book but as an audio book it is palpable. In the end it is a very well documented perspective on the Life of Paul.
Mojar
perfect
allegro
Wilson truly explains the man and his mission.
First by selling tents, then becoming a young rabbi, and finally selling the world's most popular religion.
A Greek Jew who did not get along well with Christ's 12 other jews, but sure was a hit in the Greek empire,up to and including Constantine.
This is one of the best biographies I have ever read about a truly amazing man.
BOND
This book is the very best Sunday School class on Christianity I have ever had the privilege of reading. I have bought 2 copies and have recommended it and given it to several people. Without Paul the Apostle we would have no Christianity. READ IT!!! lYN
Historical facts about the time period and lives during Paul's life.

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