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Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit (Paternoster Digital Library) [Paperback]

By Frederick Fyvie Bruce (Author)
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Apostle of the free spirit

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For eighteen years as Rylands Professor of New Testament Exegesis in the University of Manchester, F. F. Bruce delivered lectures on The Missionary Career of Paul in its Historical Setting. This book is the fruit of those lectures. Paul's missionary activity is portrayed against the background of historical, social and political developments in the Roman Empire of the first century, and Paul's letters are studied within the context of his life and travels. Within this framework chapters dealing with aspects of Paul's theology are interspersed at relevant points. Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit is F. F. Bruce's classic meditation on the life and theology of Paul. Here, Bruce expounds on Paul's teaching not systematically but rather by treating its main themes in their historical context, as Paul himself had occasion to develop them in his lectures.

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Studio: Paternoster
Pages   510
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.25" Width: 9.15" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  Paternoster Digital Library  
ISBN  1842273027  
ISBN13  9781842273029  

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More About Frederick Fyvie Bruce

Frederick Fyvie Bruce Frederick Fyvie Bruce (F.F. Bruce) (12 October 1910 – 11 September 1990) was a Biblical scholar and one of the founders of the modern evangelical understanding of the Bible. His first book, New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (1943), was voted by the American evangelical periodical Christianity Today in 2006 as one of the top 50 books "which had shaped evangelicals".

Bruce was born in Elgin, Moray, in Scotland and educated at the University of Aberdeen, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Vienna. After teaching Greek for several years, first at the University of Edinburgh and then at the University of Leeds, he became head of the Department of Biblical History and Literature at the University of Sheffield in 1947. Aberdeen University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him in 1957. In 1959 he moved to the University of Manchester where he became Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis. In his career he wrote over 40 books and served as editor of The Evangelical Quarterly and the Palestine Exploration Quarterly. He retired from teaching in 1978.

Bruce was a distinguished scholar on the life and ministry of Paul the Apostle and wrote several studies, the best known of which is Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit (published in the United States as Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free). He also wrote commentaries on several biblical books including Romans, Acts of the Apostles, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, the Gospel and Epistles of John, and the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Bruce was in Christian fellowship at various places during his life, though his primary commitment was to the Open Brethren among whom he grew up. He enjoyed the fellowship and acceptance of this group, though he was very much a maverick in relation to his own personal beliefs. He never accepted the dispensationalism and pretribulationism usually associated with the Brethren, and he was also an advocate of the public ministry of women – something that Plymouth Brethren would still disapprove of today. Most of Bruce's works were scholarly, but he also wrote several popular works on the Bible. He viewed the New Testament writings as historically reliable and the truth claims of Christianity as hinging on their being so. To Bruce this did not mean that the Bible was always precise, or that this lack of precision could not lead to considerable confusion. He believed, however, that the passages that were still open to debate were ones that had no substantial bearing on Christian theology and thinking. Bruce was honored with two scholarly works by his colleagues and former students, one to mark his sixtieth and the other to mark his seventieth birthday. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and served as President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and also as President of the Society for New Testament Study. He is one of a handful of scholars thus recognized by his peers in both fields.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce was born in 1910 and died in 1990.

Frederick Fyvie Bruce has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Biblicos
  2. Jesus Library
  3. Nelson's Compact
  4. Nelson's Super Value
  5. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  6. New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)
  7. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered)
  8. Unlock the Bible
  9. Word Biblical Commentary
  10. Zondervan's Understand the Bible Reference

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Great for Paul fans!  Jan 9, 2010
This book is one of the "core" scholarly works in the literature of Paul. It is written by a conservative Christian scholar F.F. Bruce. I wanted to read more of Bruce's work after working through his commentary on the Book of Acts (there are two). Although I've read a number of books on Paul across the spectrum from liberal to conservative, "Paul, apostle of the free spirit" is refreshing because it provides a lot of detail and accepts Paul and the events of his life a genuine experiences and the Bible as a reliable historical and theological work. For example, Bruce accepts that Christ did witness to Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul's conversion experience. The book might be a bid dry for the average reader since it is a bit on the scholarly / technical side, but I strongly recommend it even as a reference book.

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