THE LIFE OF SAINT PAUL by Harry Emerson Fosdick


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Derived largely from the letters of St. Paul and St. Luke's writings in The Acts Dr. Fosdick's biography never indulges in liberal doses of fiction. In attributing motivation to Paul's actions, the author tempers his interpretation by the words ""he doubtless thought"". Where little information is available, little information is given. Thus the student of history and/or theology can depend on this for accuracy. The emphasis is on Paul's early years in Jerusalem and his four famous missionary journeys. It is said that Paul's participation in the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was turning point. Joining the Christian fellowship, Paul's travels began. From Cyprus to Lystra to Antioch, then across the Aegean Sea to Europe, Paul made his way, preaching the gospel, suffering imprisonment and winning numerous ideological victories. Later his imprisonment in Jerusalem kindled discord between the Pharisees and Sadducees and he was sent to Rome to be tried in Caesar's court. Little is known of the details until his death and so the presentation becomes only sketchy at this point. Dr. Fosdick's approach is scholarly and eminently readable. World Landmark book.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Random House