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Publisher's Summary

Saul of Tarsus: Pharisee of Pharisees. Bitter enemy of the newborn church...until a blinding encounter with the risen Christ transformed him into Paul the apostle, ambassador of Jesus of the Gentiles. Master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. sweeps you into the life and times of the man who brought Christianity to the world. Here is Paul the person, viewed through the eyes of his contemporaries. His rich interaction and brilliant dialogue with friends and foes, leaders and slaves, Jews and Greeks, creates a drama - swift, intense, historical. Narrated by 10 distinct historical figures, Wangerin paints a multifaceted portrait of the fiery character whose Gospel message sundered cultural trappings to ignite a faith that would light the ages.
©2000 Walter Wangerin Jr. (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation
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Critic Reviews

"This book combines the very best of Wangerin's skills: biblical knowledge, a sense of drama, unobtrusive scholarship, and the ability to tell a crackling good story." (Philip Yancey)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 01-09-04

Excellent book!

This book really boosted my interest in the scriptures. Since I have finished it, I have read and reread the gospels of Paul to learn more. I am not a biblical expert, but the book seems to be accurate with no apparent flaws.

The narration is difficult to get used to at first. But after an hour or two, I became accustomed to it, and I think it even enhanced the book.

The only significant criticism that I can offer is that the book is a little slow at times.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By James Adams on 10-05-03

I fell in love with Paul

In this book the beautiful harmony of gifted author and equally gifted reader create a piece that made the New Testament come alive for me. The drama and the passion both inspired me and brought me to tears, as each character leaped from history into life and into my heart as the reader stepped into each one with such authenticity. Essential reading for those for whom the New Testament and this amazing apostle have for too long remained cool (or cold and dead) strangers. Not anymore!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Graham on 02-11-14

Ignore the experts this is not scholarship....

What disappointed you about Paul?

This is fiction pure and simple heavily influenced by an Americanised concept of Jesus and the early Church.

Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Wangerin Jr. again?


What didn’t you like about Walter Wangerin Jr.’s performance?

First century Jews portrayed as 21st Century Americans.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paul?

The whole book.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth Davies on 10-03-09


I tried to listen to this book but gave up ... I found it pointless and boring.

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