• Title: Introducing Paul
  • Author: Michael F. Bird
  • ISBN: 9780830828975
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Introducing Paul Many Christians who know and love the Bible think they know the apostle Paul He s a theological master a pastoral mentor a spiritual adviser and a missionary hero Yet just when we think we have him
    Many Christians who know and love the Bible think they know the apostle Paul He s a theological master, a pastoral mentor, a spiritual adviser and a missionary hero Yet just when we think we have him in our grasp, he slips through our fingers At the point where we suppose we have finally understood him, Paul again confounds us But he also beckons us to explore God s waMany Christians who know and love the Bible think they know the apostle Paul He s a theological master, a pastoral mentor, a spiritual adviser and a missionary hero Yet just when we think we have him in our grasp, he slips through our fingers At the point where we suppose we have finally understood him, Paul again confounds us But he also beckons us to explore God s ways deeply Michael Bird suggests that if the Paul we claim to know looks and sounds a lot like us, it s probably a warning light that we don t know him as well as we think we do But if we let Paul be Paul, allowing him to speak for himself in his language, on his terms and for his purposes, then we stand a chance of meeting him anew Introducing Paul is an animated and penetrating survey of Paul s life and teaching It covers all the basics students need, while offering new insights with a light touch Blending life and study, Bird aims to get us excited about reading Paul s letters, sharing his gospel and living the Christian life the way he thought it should be lived For beginning students and laypeople, Introducing Paul is a valuable entrance into the contemporary study of Paul.

    One Reply to “Introducing Paul”

    1. Good introductory material, but leaves you with no direction to go after reading. I liked the recommendation of changing the American title to the British title: "A birds eye view of Paul."

    2. This is a short and delightful introduction to Paul. I wish American publishers had followed the British publishers in naming it A Bird’s Eye View of Paul!Bird’s objective “is to get people excited about reading Paul’s letters, preaching Paul’s gospel and living the Christian life the way Paul thought it should be lived” (6).In studying Paul, the goal is not Paul; we study Paul because of what he can do for us in our pursuit of Christ. “To venerate Paul is to denigrate the Saviour [...]

    3. A helpful summary of the various introductory matters surrounding Paul. Bird is fair to opposing readings of Paul, and is sensitive to the apostle's context.

    4. Michael Bird's Introducing Paul (IVP in England used the whimsical title A Bird's Eye View of Paul for this same volume there) is a great little introduction to Paul's life and thought. In this short book, obviously intended as a college or seminary text, Bird cover's the necessary ground for an intro, dealing with matters of upbringing and training, Paul's conversion, his literary legacy, the important components of his thought, and his ethics and spirituality. Bird's coverage of these areas is [...]

    5. If you're looking for a small introduction to Paul, this book will be all you need. A very well written general introduction, Bird provides a helpful summary to each of Paul's letters and covers the important features of Pauline studies. Bird takes a sympathetic/critical stance with respect to the so-called New Perspective on Paul. This enables him to incorporate features of the NPP that are genuinely helpful while avoiding both the ditch if being overly dismissive or naively enthusiastic. Bird [...]

    6. The best intro to Paul that's out there. Bird provides a helpful way of navigating troubled waters in Pauline studies, like the debate between the old perspective on Paul and the new perspective on Paul. Highly recommended, although I don't endorse all of his conclusions.

    7. Good. It is well written and pleasant to read. I have a few areas of disagreement, but Bird writes a helpful survey of Paul's writings and theology.

    8. Fantastic primer for Paul—thankfully written in a more straightforward tone than Bird's recent works.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *