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Evidence and Paul's Journeys Paperback – January 24, 2001
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"Evidence and Paul's Journeys" brings the excitement back. As he corroborates detail after detail of Paul's missionary journeys, Mr. White casts a raking light on the excitement and drama of Paul's travels and brings them into sharper relief.
All Christians recognize St. Paul's importance in shaping the early church and in spreading the Gospel well beyond its earliest boundaries. But I for one was only dimly aware of the sheer drama of his life. What adventures he had! Arrests and trials, torture, shipwrecks, preaching before cheering throngs and reviled by angry mobs, encounters with fascinating people from all walks of life and of countless ethnic backgrounds (was Paul the first multiculturalist?). All Paul's adventures and encounters are here, placed solidly within their social and historical context so that Paul's great courage and faith shine forth.
"Evidence and Paul's Journeys" will send you back to Acts with fresh eyes, able to appreciate once again the power of the wonderful stories Luke tells.
"The present study has been concerned with the problem of empirical evidence and its relationship to the record of Paul's journeys.
"This stands in marked contrast with the purpose of modern biblical scholarship, which is largely concerned with theoretical matters rather than with evidence. Nor should it surprise us that scholars find theory more interesting than evidence. After all, the primary purpose in getting a Ph.D., or for publishing scholarly papers, is to demonstrate the depth of one's knowledge and erudition. Since the empirical evidence surrounding Paul's journeys is limited and can be understood even by non-scholars, career-track biblical scholarship almost has to be about something else. And that something else must be complex enough so that only the cognoscenti can understand it. As a discipline, biblical scholarship inevitably points away from empirical evidence and toward intellectual novelty.
"It does not help that the primary purpose of the New Testament is to record God's intervention in human history.Read more ›
He also deals with empirical evidence regarding 1 and 2 Corinthians and states: "If Paul had not written a second letter to Corinth, or if that letter had been lost to history, the travel plans that he outlines in the first Corinthian letter would contradict Luke's account of his movements in the third journey" (p. 88). We can apply this same logic to the perceived contradictions elsewhere and wonder if they wouldn't be just as easily cleared up if there were more manuscripts extant relating to that time--we shouldn't look askance at the Biblical narrative because it has a remarkable track record but question our limited understanding of that particular time.
Easy writing style that won't leave you exhausted; nicely done.
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Not "Luke the doctor." But, Luke the physician. Doctor is not a job, trade, or profession, nor, techincially, is it even a racket. Physician is a job. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Rogers
Enlightening St. Paul's journeys well from the point of a historical detective. Using the Bible and other sources. very interesting work.Published 8 months ago by karsten hald nielsen
This is an excellent book; it 'proves' Paul's journeys. The writer did an in - depth study and full research into Paul's journey's - to show they really happened.Published 9 months ago by Sydney Heimericks
Mr. White has done a commendable job here. His arguments are well made and appreciated.Published 15 months ago by Nolan V Frederick
We went on a Paul's Journey trip with our pastor and this book was a tremendous help in preparing us for the sights and scenes that we experienced. I highly recommend it.Published 21 months ago by Phillip O. Dowdle
I liked the book, and it is an easy and quick read. Most any biblical college student would benefit from the material so clearly explained by Mr. White. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ben Maddox
Having taught a nine month adult elective on the book of Acts, I found "Evidence and Paul's Journeys" to be an outstanding resource to bring out historical and archaeological... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer