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Overview An introductory and comprehensive text explores the Apostle's pre-conversion days, missionary travels, and theological contributions.
Publishers Description The apostle Paul and his significance for the New Testament and Christianity is a perennial topic of interest, but few evangelical surveys of his life offer a truly holistic picture of the man and his world. Now available in trade paper, John McRay's "Paul "explores the apostle's preconversion days, missionary travels, and theological contributions. A specialist in archaeology, the author draws on his more than forty years of teaching experience as well as knowledge gained from extensive travels to the places Paul visited. Paul is a comprehensive and readable presentation of Paul's ministry and theology that weaves together historical backgrounds, archaeological discoveries, and theological themes.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.16" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801032393 ISBN13 9780801032394
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More About John McRay
John McRay (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor emeritus of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Paul: His Life and Teaching and coauthor of Bible Archaeology.
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His Life & Some Teaching Feb 22, 2005
McRay's book is for college or seminary level students. McRay is good about interacting with other scholars on all the issues he covers. McRay is a conservative evangelical, so he does use Acts and Paul's letters to contruct his history and thinks them to be historicall reliable. For an intermediate reading on Paul, I would recommend the book.
I found the first half of the book on Paul's life to be quite good. He gives good background info on all the cities Paul went to. He descibes how he would have traveled, what life was like in Roman prisons, and how Paul used his Jewishness and Romanness to his advantages. McRay thinks Paul was released from his first Roman imprisonment (where Acts ends) and went on to more ministry and wrote the Pastoral epistles.
This books is not that great if one is intersted in Paul's writings. Each letter is treated very breifly within the life narrative. He mostly focuses on Paul's reasons for writing the letter and its general contents. The second half of the book focuses on various aspects of Paul's teaching. There doesnt seem to be any rhyme or reason why McRay chose the topics he did. Here are some comments on a few chapters within the "teachings" half of the book:
Paul's view of the law -- an extremely complex topic. McRay does a good job of breaking all the debate down into a few points. Very helpful introduction to the issue.
Paul in Recent study -- does what it says. Again, a good intro to the topic.
Form, function, and canonicty of Paul's letters -- mostly about what letters were like in the Greco-Roman world and how Paul's letters compare.
The Faithfulness of Christ -- corrects a common misunderstanding of Paul's teaching. Usually people see Paul as pitting works verses faith. McRay convinvingly argues that this is wrong. Paul pits faith in the Law verses the faithfulness of Christ to God's promises to redeem humanity.
Paul's world of apocalyptic and demonology -- Sets Paul in the religious context of the 1st century.
Paul and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ -- Mostly discusses Philippians 2:5-11. Very technical chapter.
Obviously one book cannot comprehensively cover life and teaching. So I guess I should cut McRay some slack. Good book, many pictures, some maps. Has many many footnotes for further research.
the more you read the book the more you learn Paul Aug 13, 2004
It was claimed that Paul, who has been accepted as the most effective missionary and the founder of christianity, has been misunderstood by a lot of people from Marcion to Bultmann. Mcray's book offers satisfying information about Paul to seminary, college students and all interested christians to explore Paul's life and teaching. Mr Mcray who has described Paul's Life and missionary journeys extraordinary dealt with important issues on Paul in his book's second chapter. John Mcray deserves both congratulations and thanks for this high in quality guidebook.
Paul one of the great apostles of early Christianity May 12, 2003
Paul is one of the great apostles of early Christainty. Born a Hebrew and trained in the legalism of the Pharisee, Paul possessed rabbi knowledge and at the same time born in Tarus - he received the protection of the Roman empire. Known as Saul, he established 27 providences, mingled with individuals of influence, and actively persuecuted the soldiers of Christ or Christians until he received a divine witness of Christ in an intervention which changed his life. Pauls conversion transcended in magnitude all other documented conversions. The mysteries of heavans opened and he was taught directly by Christ.
Paul gained first hand witness of Christ's authenicity and witness. Luke a counsin of Barnabas would serve with Paul, but contracting Malaria returned home with destain from Paul. However, later Luke would be consider a close friend and suffer with Paul in Roman prisons until Pauls death. Luke would write Act and include many of the letters of Paul in the Bible. Barnabas would become the traveling companion of Paul.
As an apostle Paulus or Paul began an epic journey to bringing the gospel to the Greeks starting at Antioch. After miricleously healing a lame man the people thought he was Hemes and Barnabas was Zeus. In his second journey, Paul revisited the churches of Lystrar, Solis, Galatia. He would travel to Europe and win converts in Philippi and Athens. In his third year, Paul spend time in Ephesus and return home to Jerusalem.
Paul was concerned about the strength of the early churches he helped establish. The rebuttal letters to Corithians would display his ideas on marriage, raising children, the second coming of Christ, resurrection, morality, and strengthening the Church.
Paul preached uprighteousness and was considered a thinker and answered tough questions within the church and without, felt he suffered as Christ, taught principles of Christ like virtues, preached resurrection and Christ lives again.
Some of the letters he wrote to members in Thesalonnia and Corinth reveal his deeper spiritual nature and council to strength of body of new members. Paul would meet write to titus and timothy and share spiritual insights and wisdom.
On one occassion he was neverly killed by stoning, on another occasion a earthquake rare to the area brought recognization of his divine mission, and on another occassion after many years of captivity behind the city walls of demascus he managed to escape. Paul's knowledge of roman laws, philosophy, and customs combined with his understanding of judaic legalism gave him an unusually perceptiveness.
Paul's ministery was truely remarkable considering the time. A time when Alexander the Great of Macedona hand conquered the Asia minor, Thrace, Europe, Persia, Greece, Israel, and Roman to spread Helenism.
Pauls teachings challenged the conventional pagan philophies and on five occassions receive 39 lashes to his back and one occassion of stoning as they thought him dead and dragged to the outside of the city, he managed to survive. Having witnesses Stephens stoning and witness of Christ, Paul's experience was no less tramatic. Paul and Barabas ministry demonstrates power, faith, and Miricles resulting from their dedication. Imprisonment and rejection was overcome with strong faith, persistence, and emmense amounts of travel to a diverse body of people and idealogies. Paul loved the Thessalonians and word of his ministry spread throughout Macedona.
After returning to Jerusalem, he came under attack by the Saducees by supposing to attempt to smuggle a Greek into the temple. These temple violations would cause Paul to appeal to the Emperior. Christ would appear to Paul and tell him to have "courage" and that he would bear witness of him in Rome. The journey would be perlious involving a ship wreck. Paul feats were impressive for time when world travel was difficult because good roads and bridges did not facilitate easy travel. Paul would eventually be executed by Nero.
* Ephesians : 1. Paul would define the organization structure of the church: apostles, prophets, teachers, priests, and deacons 2. He would declare the gentiles were no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with Christ. He would embody the philosophy of unity and declare the church would be a world wide church.
*Corithians : 1. Paul would preach love and encourage the members to have faith declaring great mysteries existed for those who loved God. 2. Paul theology of the after life revealed different spheres of glory to which man would be assigned based on their righteousness. 3. Paul would testify of the power of the resurrection.
*Timothy : 1. Paul would prophesize of the future moral conditions and spirtual depravity.