I bought the book by an author I had read before, to know more about St. Paul. Was so pleased that I recommended it for use in a Bible Study group that was forming. All 10 members and the priest are glad to have chosen it. Very readable and eye opening. Has made for good discussion.
Nov 13, 2008
A new way of Reading Paul
"What Paul Meant" by Garry Wills, is a real eye opener. To start of with, the book explains to the reader that many words that were first written in Hebrew, did not always translate well into Greek. And when the Greek verison of what St.Paul wrote is translated into Latin, the meaning of the Hebrew of Paul is lost.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Paul, and feel confused or think that Paul is contradicting himself like in Romans. It is an easy read and Mr. Wills speaks to the reader in an easy to understand way. Out of 5 stars I would give "What Paul Meant" 4 stars. A must for everyone who wants to get to the real meaning of Paul's teachings.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-11 This slender volume is something of a sequel to Wills's blockbuster What Jesus Meant; here, Wills defends Paul from detractors who insist that the apostle corrupted Jesus' radical message. Beginning with a reminder that Paul's letters are older than the gospels and therefore may represent the most authentic approximation of Jesus' teachings, Wills argues that Paul was right in line with Jesus. Both men stressed love of God and love of one's neighbor as the two principal commandments. Wills highlights the differences between the Pauline epistles and Luke's later writing about Paul, arguing that the famous story of Paul's road-to-Damascus conversion, which comes from Luke's account in Acts, is flawed, and that Paul himself did not consider his convictions about Jesus a "conversion," but part of his ongoing life as a Jew. Through a reading of Romans, Wills attempts to acquit Paul of the charges of anti-Semitism. And though Paul is often tarred as a misogynist, Wills shows that he "believed in women's basic equality with men." (Since Wills focuses only on the seven letters that most scholars agree were written by Paul himself, the egalitarian Paul becomes credible; some of the most overtly sexist passages come from letters written later and ascribed to Paul.) Provocative yet helpful, this book is sure to create a buzz. (Nov. 6) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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