Paul Barnett on Paul of Tarsus

Paul Barnett on Paul of Tarsus March 20, 2024

Paul Barnett is one of the greatest scholars of our time. I own most of his books. Regarding the ones I don’t have, I’ve rented them from the library and have made good use of them.

Paul is one of my historical advisors for my upcoming book The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: Revised & Expanded and he’s quoted and cited throughout the volume.

Recently, his publisher sent me his book Jerusalem to Illyricum: Earliest Christianity through the Eyes of Paul.

Like Barnett’s other works, I am always impressed by his insights.

He understands Paul’s opponents better than most, the agitators who dogged the apostle’s steps from Galatia to Greece and other parts of the Roman Empire.

The book follows Paul’s apostolic geography from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum (Romans 15:19).

For anyone interested in Paul’s life and ministry, it’s an excellent contribution.

This is from the publisher:

Jerusalem to Illyricum is the geographical space and ca. AD 34 to 57 the time frame for Paul’s church planting mission. Acts includes this within its meta-narrative, and while historically accurate, it is not raw history like Paul’s letters. In this study Barnett is seeking references to Paul’s initial missionary “arrival” (eisodos) and the local cultural pushback. Of particular interest for history and theology is his encyclical to the Galatians and his account of the dispute with Cephas in Antioch. Paul’s success in his mission to the gentiles in Syria and Cilicia provoked the rise within the Jerusalem Church of those he calls “false brothers” whose colleagues travelled to “agitate” the Galatian believers and to drive the gentile believers in Antioch from the common meal. Some years later a band of preachers from Jerusalem sought to capture the church in Corinth, intending to then capture other churches in Macedonia and Asia. Paul’s missions and writings have been the subject of numerous large studies which, however, unintentionally imply that Paul’s mission years were longer than they were and that his mission writing occupied a lengthy time space. His nine missionary letters were written ca. AD 48 to 57, a mere decade, and all of which point to Paul’s astonishing energy and drive.

Product Information

Title: Jerusalem to Illyricum: Earliest Christianity Through the Eyes of Paul
By: Paul W Barnett
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Cascade Books
Publication Date: 2023
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 1666738166
ISBN-13: 9781666738162
Stock No: WW738164



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