The Apostle Paul is one of the most important figures in the early church. He is a main character in the narrative woven through the book of Acts and his thirteen letters make up a significant portion of the New Testament canon. Because Acts and his letters appear as discrete books in Scripture, it can be difficult to piece together a clear narrative for Paul’s life and ministry.
In Journeys of the Apostle Paul, 20 contributors present a coherent picture of Paul’s life, connecting the events in Acts to his letters and theological teachings. With beautifully rendered maps and timelines in full color, this book takes readers through the Acts narratives of Paul’s journeys step by step—his interrupted journey to Damascus while persecuting Christians; his three missionary journeys; and his long journey from Jerusalem to Rome. Along the way, you’ll discover new insights into his life, his teaching, and his role in the early church.
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“Contrary to what some people think, Saul did not change his name to Paul because of his conversion to Christian faith. He already had both names. But when he was among Greeks and Romans, it made sense for him to go by his Roman name. His Jewish name sounds like a Greek word that means ‘effeminate’ and was used as an insult when referring to men. Outside Judea, Paul’s Roman name would work much better!” (Page 4)
“It is now reasonable to propose that, in Paphos, Paul left behind the economic, social, and religious comfort zone in which he had spent his entire Christian ministry. Therefore, when Paul met the governor, it is certainly possible that he was for the first time forced to confront new possibilities in his Christian mission. The positive results of his encounter with the governor—in contrast to the apparent failure of the synagogue mission in Salamis, within Paul’s comfort zone—may provide the catalyst for a fundamental change in Paul’s ministry: he came to embrace the truly pagan world as his mission field. Luke underlines the profound importance of this shift by henceforth referring to the apostle using his Roman name, Paul, as opposed to his Jewish name, Saul.” (Page 33)
“In the first century ad, the term usually translated ‘Judaism’ in Galatians 1:13–14 apparently meant not simply Jewish faith or heritage, but Judean nationalism and hostility to foreign customs.” (Page 10)
“1 Paul locates the gospel within salvation history and the Hebrew scriptures” (Page 39)
“2 Paul stresses that salvation comes through the cross of Christ” (Page 40)