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Paul: Missionary of Jesus


Eerdmans 2008

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Was Paul the “second founder” of Christianity, striking off in directions Jesus never envisaged and teaching lessons Christ never endorsed? In this study Paul Barnett sets out to establish that, current theories aside, Paul was a true missionary of Jesus, authentically extending the Lord’s mission. Arguing that Paul’s own writings are uniquely supplemented by Luke’s contemporaneously written narrative of the Acts of the Apostles, Barnett follows Paul on a decade of travels, examining him in his historical context and as revealed by his writings. Including maps of Paul’s travels and five helpful appendixes, this volume is ideal for anyone interested in seeking out the historical truth of Christianity.

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Key Features

  • Explores Paul as a true missionary of Jesus
  • Examines Paul’s historical context as revealed by his writings
  • Includes maps of Paul’s travels


  • Paul: Historical Enigma
  • Paul and Jesus
  • Saul of Jerusalem: A Pharisee Who Wrote Greek
  • Why Paul Persecuted the Church
  • The Damascus Event (ca. 34): Was Paul Called or Converted?
  • Paul’s Levantine Years (ca. 34-47): Damascus, Arabia, Judea, and Syria-Cilicia
  • Paul, True Missionary of Jesus
  • Light to the Nations and Minister to Israel
  • Mission and Countermission (ca. 47-57)
  • Conflict in Corinth (ca. 54-56): Paul, a Christ-Shaped Emissary
  • Romans: Paul’s Final Answer (ca. 57)
  • Paul’s Achievement

Praise for the Print Edition

A well-written, concise introduction to Paul’s activities as a missionary based on his letters and Luke’s Acts of the Apostles. The book is full of valuable scholarly information and takes a special look at discussed Pauline problems.

Martin Hengel, professor emeritus of new Testament and Early Judaism, University of Tübingen

This wonderful book will certainly become auxiliary reading in the courses I teach on Acts and Paul. It puts together Acts and Paul’s own writings in a fashion that is believable, attentive to the texts themselves, and full of life and vitality. Above all, Paul is simultaneously grounded in history and shown to be utterly captured by Christ and his gospel. Insights into the biblical material leap from many pages. I hope this volume will circulate widely.

D. A. Carson, research professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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About Paul Barnett

Paul Barnett is visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and teaching fellow in biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. His other works include The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Romans: Revelation of God’s Righteousness, Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times.

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