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Overview Paul's writings are laced with vivid images from the bustling New Testament world. To understand these metaphors, David J. Williams delves into that Greco-Roman world and uses ancient sources to explore a wide variety of topics such as architecture, law, commerce, health care, and education. Williams studies this world in chapters with titles such as "Life in the City," "Family Life," "Slavery and Freedom," "Citizens and Courts of Law," "Travel," and "Warfare and Soldering." Paul's metaphors, set apart in bold type, are examined in the light of this background information and restored to their original vitality. Well-known metaphors-the Christian as a slave of Christ, the church as a body, Paul's two natures being at war within him, the Christian as an athlete striving toward the prize, Jesus' return as a thief in the night, Christians as adopted heirs of God-and lesser-known metaphors come to life for the modern reader through Williams's careful exposition. The main text is accessible to the general reader; scholars will appreciate footnotes that discuss the Greek text and provide resources for further study. Appendix 1 lists a select chronology of the Roman Empire and appendix 2 provides dates and descriptions of significant ancient authors and tests. Scripture, ancient source, and modern author indexes add to the usefulness of this work.
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David J. Williams (1933-2008) earned his PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He served as vice principal of Ridley College, University of Melbourne, and was the author of The Promise of His Coming and of the New International Biblical Commentaries on Acts and First and Second Thessalonians. He contributed many articles to scholarly journals and he also served as a translator for the New International Version of the Bible.
David J. Williams has an academic affiliation as follows - Member Association of Medical Illustrators Associate Professor of Medi.
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A great book to understand Paul's thinking Aug 21, 2006
David Williams was my lecturer at Ridley College, University of Melbourne, Australia.
One of the attractions of his clases was that he brought the New Testament to life, and all of us could finally understand what was going on in the text.
Second year NT, He brought Paul into the picture.
As the previous reviewer has said, this book is too dense sometimes for a sitting. The book is the result of a series of lectures that the author gave years ago. The book at times may seem dry, but in class, David was somebody who could make you feel like you were there.
I recomend this book for all those preachers, who need a good metaphor to preach, but over all, to all those interested why and how Paul used the metaphors he did.
Luis A. Jovel.
A Helpful Guide to Understanding St. Paul's Language Oct 8, 2003
St. Paul once said "I try to be all things to all people in hope of saving a few." He was speaking about his methods of evangelization. Something must have worked because he was a great missionary and some of his writings still survive today and are preserved in scripture. One of his strengths was his ability to say things that people would understand. Often he did this comparing Christianity to familiar scenes from daily life in the Roman Empire. St. Paul often sued examples from daily life at home, and life in the city. He referred to athletic events, business transactions, life in the military, and a host of other things. David J. Williams compiles many of these examples and comments on them in his book PAUL'S METAPHORS.
Since the book is filled with information and is somewhat dense, it does not make easy sit down reading, though excerpts could be used for spiritual or inspirational information. This book would be a wonderful aid to anyone with an interest in St. Paul's letters, and it has ample notes for people looking for further study. It will be especially helpful to people who preach and are looking for new angles for homilies and sermons. I found the book especially helpful when preparing Bible Study lessons and the people participating in the group found the Williams' insight enlightening too.