Reviews - What do customers think about Paul and Power: The Structure of Authority in the Primitive Church as Reflected in the Pauline Epistles?
The tone of the writing determined my low score Dec 8, 2008
One thing I observed almost immediately in this book, is what I would describe as a "strong-arm" temperament by the writer concerning ecclesiastical authority. Kind of a "obey me, your supreme and holy superior, or suffer the consequences" undertone within the writing which I found as a consistent irritant.
If one can get past the somewhat harsh, cold and clinical tone of the writing, one can glean some information tid-bits... such as the 12 primary names within the Pauline servant-group, and the listing of Greek words which Paul used to describe them functionally. (e.g. Diakonos, synergos etc) which peaked my interest for a further focused study.
For a book you might find as informational without the "dark-ages" tone, I would refer you to F.F. Bruce "The Pauline Circle" ISBN 0853643970
Bruce, in MHO comes closer to touching the warmth of Paul's heart.
The tone of this book is my reason for the low score.