In Search of Paul
How Jesus' Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom
Publication Date: October 13, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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John Dominic Crossan, the eminent historical Jesus scholar, and Jonathan L. Reed, an expert in biblical archaeology, reveal through archaeology and textual scholarship that Paul, like Jesus, focused on championing the Kingdom of Goda realm of justice and equalityagainst the dominant, worldly powers of the Roman empire.
Many theories exist about who Paul was, what he believed, and what role he played in the origins of Christianity. Using archaeological and textual evidence, and taking advantage of recent major discoveries in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Syria, Crossan and Reed show that Paul was a fallible but dedicated successor to Jesus, carrying on Jesus's mission of inaugurating the Kingdom of God on earth in opposition to the reign of Rome. Against the concrete backdrop of firstcentury GregoRoman and Jewish life, In Search of Paul reveals the work of Paul as never before, showing how and why the liberating messages and practices of equality, caring for the poor, and a just society under God's rules, not Rome's, were so appealing.
Readers interested in Paul as a historical figure and his place in the development of Christianity
Readers interested in archaeology and anthropology
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He currently serves as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; and, most recently, The Greatest Prayer. Crossan lives in Minneola, Florida.
“An adventure in history, theology, and the politics of empire. Christianity needs this book, but so does America.”
-James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword