Utilizing the data available from the study of contemporary and ancient cultures, Dr. John Pilch presents a totally new and even revolutionary understanding of St. Paul. He shows how deeply Paul was attached to the religion of his ancestors and how he brought the story of the resurrected Jesus to the lost sheep of Israel and in the process changed the world forever. Dr. Pilch relies on the contents of the undisputed letters of Paul to gain insight into Paul’s life and mission and only secondarily refers to the Acts of the Apostles and the other letters attributed to Paul. His methodology calls into doubt whether Paul was especially interested in converting the Gentiles. Rather, Dr. Pilch argues that Paul was intensely interested in bringing the lost sheep of Israel to a realization that the Messianic Period had begun in the person of the resurrected Christ. This approach gives new meaning to the texts on almost every page of Paul’s writings. Your understanding of the tent making teacher from Tarsus will be challenged and enriched by this presentation.
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