In Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom by John CrossanIn Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom by John Crossan

In Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom

byJohn Crossan

Paperback | November 1, 2005

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John Dominic Crossan, the eminent historical Jesus scholar, and Jonathan L. Reed, an expert in biblical archaeology, reveal through archaeology and textual scholarship that Paul, like Jesus, focused on championing the Kingdom of God––a realm of justice and equality––against the dominant, worldly powers of the Roman empire.

Many theories exist about who Paul was, what he believed, and what role he played in the origins of Christianity. Using archaeological and textual evidence, and taking advantage of recent major discoveries in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Syria, Crossan and Reed show that Paul was a fallible but dedicated successor to Jesus, carrying on Jesus's mission of inaugurating the Kingdom of God on earth in opposition to the reign of Rome. Against the concrete backdrop of first–century Grego–Roman and Jewish life, In Search of Paul reveals the work of Paul as never before, showing how and why the liberating messages and practices of equality, caring for the poor, and a just society under God's rules, not Rome's, were so appealing.

Readers interested in Paul as a historical figure and his place in the development of Christianity


•Readers interested in archaeology and anthropology

John Dominic Crossan, the eminent historical Jesus scholar, and Jonathan L. Reed, an expert in biblical archaeology, reveal through archaeology and textual scholarship that Paul, like Jesus, focused on championing the Kingdom of God––a realm of justice and equality––against the dominant, worldly powers of the Roman empire. Many theori...
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Title:In Search of Paul: How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's KingdomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060816163

ISBN - 13:9780060816162

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Skip it! Disappointing read! Crossan may be a top scholar but his writing style is too obtuse to capitivate the reader. I had looked forward to this book as I had visions of walking in Paul's shoes and how Roman society received the new religion of Christianity. Instead, the book focuses on the minutae of Roman architecture and the layout of their homes or on Pauline biblical passages that went over my head. Not for everyone.
Date published: 2010-05-13

Editorial Reviews

“An adventure in history, theology, and the politics of empire. Christianity needs this book, but so does America.”