In Paul of Tarsus, Joseph Holzner weaves together the New Testamentís often sketchy information about the life and mission of St. Paul into a unified and inspiring biography. With a novelistís ability to take you into a scene and a historianís rigorous concern for accuracy, he traces this noble Apostleís life from his early years as a disciple of the celebrated rabbi Gamaliel through his zealous persecution of the Church as a Pharisee, through his miraculous conversion, his tireless efforts to spread the Gospel, and his martyrís death in imperial Rome. Along the way, he provides instructive background information about the religious and social situation of Paulís times and the circumstances of his New Testament epistles. Here, then, is a complete and enlightening introduction to the man for whom to live is Christ, to die is gain.
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KEVIN on 01/26/2010
More than a biography this book makes St. Paul come alive.
His life and times make for gripping reading but the author manages to work all the saint's writing into the text as well without the narrative ever feeling slowed down which is quite an achievement.
St Paul was never the same for me after this book.
Cheryl Walker on 09/28/2008
I found "Paul of Tarsus" a thoroughly engrossing introduction to the writings of St. Paul that was both scholarly and simple enough for someone who is not a biblical scholar to read and enjoy. It reads like a novel with the authority of a biography. And, at the end, it makes one not just want to read St. Paul but to keep returning to him for his always timely insights. If there was one book to read besides the work of St. Paul himself it would be this book.