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Paul Behaving Badly

Paul Behaving Badly

Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien

"Whether you love Paul or despise him, you'll never see him the same way again after reading this book!" —Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne

About the Book and Authors

About the Book and Authors

The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he?

Paul Was the Go-To Guy to Stop the Fun: Read an Excerpt

Paul Was the Go-To Guy to Stop the Fun: Read an Excerpt

"This is one of those problems with Paul that becomes a problem for the entire church ... Anecdotally it seems to us that far more abandon the faith because they view the church as prudish."

Praise for

Praise for "Paul Behaving Badly"

"They dig deep into the first-century world to understand Paul on his own terms and in terms of the cultures in which he lived." —Mark L. Strauss, university professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary, San Diego

The Paradox of Paul

The Paradox of Paul

Paul regularly offended Jewish sensibilities and Roman sensibilities, modern sensibilities and ancient sensibilities—sometimes all at once! It takes a special gift to offend everyone for different reasons.

Paul for President?

Paul for President?

When news broke about an audio recording of presidential candidate Donald Trump's "locker room" talk, my mind went to a strange place: the apostle Paul.

Navigating an Unfriendly Empire

Navigating an Unfriendly Empire

Christian values are no longer part and parcel of American culture. So, where do we go from here?

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Paradoxes, Jerks, Infallible Scriptures, and Grace

Paradoxes, Jerks, Infallible Scriptures, and Grace

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

The clear explanations of the cultural world of the Bible make it an ideal choice to recommend to people who want a better understanding of that world.

Behave Badly Like Paul

Behave Badly Like Paul

Jackson Wu

You know all those secret thoughts you’ve had about Paul but weren’t willing say out loud? Well, Richards and O’Brien put them on the table and address them head on.

Who Are We to Judge? A Review of

Who Are We to Judge? A Review of "Paul Behaving Badly"

Jake Raabe

These are strange times for the apostle Paul.

Evangelicals, Trump, and the Apostle Paul

Evangelicals, Trump, and the Apostle Paul

Christy Thomas

Do Evangelicals love Trump and Paul because it gives them an excuse to behave badly?

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