The Apostle Paul remains one of the most fascinating, enigmatic, and controversial figures of the early Christian Church. While much of his writing is liberating and inspiring, his words have also been used to support slavery, male domination, and religious exclusivism. Drawing on the literary and historical insights that have revolutionized contemporary Paul scholarship, Tatha Wiley skillfully separates the apostle's different voices, illuminating the authentic, historical Paul. Encountering Paul is a compelling look at this key figure in Christian history and belief.
Tatha Wiley is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, the University of St. Catherine, and Metropolitan State University. She is the author of several books in theology and New Testament studies, including Paul and the Gentile Women and Original Sin: Origins, Developments, Contemporary Meanings which received First Place in Theology from the Catholic Press Association in 2003, and Creationism and the Conflict over Evolution.
Preface Chapter 1 Paul's World Chapter 2 Expectations and Hopes Chapter 3 Theological Perspective Chapter 4 Truth of the Gospel Chapter 5 Paul's Letters Chapter 6 Disputer Letters Chapter 7 The Adversus Judaeos Tradition Chapter 8 Finding Paul Notes Index