Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context

December 3, 2020
Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in Their Roman Context

This book is a controversial new biography of the apostle Paulthat argues for his inclusion in the pantheon of key figures ofclassical antiquity, along with the likes of Socrates, Alexanderthe Great, Cleopatra and Augustus. It first provides a criticalreassessment of the apostle's life in its historical context thatfocuses on Paul's discourse of authority, which was bothrepresentative of its Roman context and provocative to his rivalswithin Roman society. It then considers the legend that developedaround Paul as the history of his life was elaborated andembellished by later interpreters, creating legends thatcharacterized the apostle variously as a model citizen, an imperialhero, a sexual role model, an object of derision and someone toquote from. It is precisely this rewriting of Paul's history intolegend that makes the apostle a key transformative figure ofclassical antiquity.