This scholarly yet accessible work explores the apostle's pre-conversion days, missionary travels, and theological contributions. A specialist in archaeology, John McRay draws on his more than forty years of teaching experience as well as knowledge gained from extensive travels to the places Paul visited. Paul is a comprehensive and readable presentation of Paul's ministry and theology that weaves together historical backgrounds, archaeological discoveries, and theological themes. Included in this examination are discussions of Paul's theology of the atonement, understanding of the law of Moses, and view of the church.
Professors and students will appreciate the book's broad scholarship and the pedagogical features found throughout, including links to other resources, maps, diagrams, and photos taken by the author during his travels. Pastors and church leaders will use it as a reference, and laypeople will gain a deeper understanding of Paul and his contribution to the Christian church.
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A significant contribution to Pauline studies. As one of the few substantial works on Paul written by an evangelical, it will probably find its place as a textbook in many colleges.
—John Aloisi, Westminster Theological Journal
The strength of this book is the author's extensive knowledge of the geography and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world.
—J. E. Lunceford, Choice
McRay's book should be a welcome addition to the field. . . . This book will provide an informed overview of the topic.
—John D. Harvey, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
John McRay is professor emeritus of New Testament and archaeology at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois.