From the start, the apostle Paul has been one of Christianity's most important-and controversial-figures. In this carefully organized textbook, Walter Taylor, Jr. sets the apostle in his cultural world, examining his work, his letters, and his legacy in the light of contemporary scholarship.
Paul's thought is never presented in isolation; careful attention is given to social realities and controversies in Paul's churches to rhetorical aspects of his letters. Frequent illustrate points or add additional depth; maps, a timeline, and photographs bring the world around Paul to life. Each chapter includes study questions and recommendations for further study; a glossary of terms and bibliography help both beginning and advanced students.