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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF SCHWEITZER'S MOST IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL WORKS
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a Franco-German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and profound humanitarian. He was also the most noteworthy scholar on the "life of Jesus" of his day, and his 1906 book The Quest of the Historical Jesus is one of the few absolutely "indispensable" works in the field (which both conservatives and progressives agree about). In...
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3.0 out of 5 stars stitled writing, at times sounds just like Baur, just go to the source.
Albert Schweitzer would write a research work. A book that was well researched, stilted writing style, lots of footnotes, that would establish him as knowledgeable on the subject, such as this one, Paul the Apostle. Then he would write an easy enjoyable Readers Digest version of the book with no footnotes, no research, just story telling. It conveyed the same message as...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF SCHWEITZER'S MOST IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL WORKS, July 19, 2010
This review is from: The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle (The Albert Schweitzer Library) (Paperback)
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a Franco-German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and profound humanitarian. He was also the most noteworthy scholar on the "life of Jesus" of his day, and his 1906 book The Quest of the Historical Jesus is one of the few absolutely "indispensable" works in the field (which both conservatives and progressives agree about). In "Quest," after surveying all of the various "lives of Jesus" that had been written until 1906, Schweitzer gave his own views as well.

This 1930 book expanded his earlier book, Paul and His Interpreters. He states in the Author's Preface, "My methods have remained old-fashioned, in that I aim at setting forth the ideas of Paul in their historically conditioned form... Just because Paul's mystical doctrine of Christ has more to say to us when it speaks to us in the fire of its primitive-Christian, eschatological, manner of thought than when it is paraphrased into the language of modern orthodoxy or modern unorthodoxy, I believe I am serving in this work the cause not only of sound learning but also of religious needs."

He writes, "The fundamental thought of Pauline mysticism runs thus: I am in Christ; in Him I know myself as a being who is raised above this sensuous, sinful, and transient world and already belongs to the transcendent; in Him I am assured of resurrection; in Him I am a Child of God."

He concludes on the note, "In the hearts in which Paul's mysticism of union with Christ is alive there is also an unquenchable yearning for the Kingdom of God, but also consolation for the fact that we do not see its fulfillment. Three things make up the power of Paul's thought. There belongs to it a depth and reality, which lay their spell upon us; the ardour of the early days of the Christian faith kindles our own; a direct experience of Christ as the Lord of the Kingdom of God speaks from it, exciting us to follow the same path."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, August 12, 2011
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This review is from: The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle (The Albert Schweitzer Library) (Paperback)
Schweitzer's Mysticism of Paul the Apostle is a classic. Usually overshadowed by his Quest of the Historical Jesus, this book is Schweitzer at his best. The book has long been held in esteem by those who hold an "apocalyptic" view of Paul, though it is not altogether clear that Schweitzer would have recognized his views in the works of Kasemann, Beker, Martyn, etc. Schweitzer's goal is to securely locate Paul's life and thought in a thoroughly Jewish context (he was, after all, Jewish) that explains why his views were not altogether rejected by the earliest Christians (esp. in Jerusalem), but also how he served as the bridge for a more hellenized form of Christianity to emerge (thus misunderstanding Paul). Sure, many of his historical presuppositions (about Jewish eschatology or the hellenization of Christianity) are deeply flawed and outdated, but his powerful interpretation of Paul's gospel as "Being-in-Christ" is as refreshing as ever. Schweitzer's contention that Paul's doctrine of justification by faith was a "subsidiary crater" in his teaching on redemption are well worth pondering anew.

No one should agree with any scholarly book wholesale, and no reader who is patient enough with Schweitzer's book to understand him well will agree with everything he wrote. But the reader may never think of Paul in quite the same way again. And that is the making of a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eternal brilliance, October 28, 2011
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This review is from: The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle (The Albert Schweitzer Library) (Paperback)
Long before the Dead Sea Scrolls expanded our knowledge of Judaism beyond Talmudic narrowness Dr. Schweitzer knew that Paul's theology was essentially Jewish and not Greek. Long before modern critical biblical scholars plotted the early missteps of historical Christianity away from its real origins Dr. Schweitzer knew that salvation by the blood of Jesus was not what Paul was talking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pauline Mystiism, December 16, 2008
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What a book! A very scholarly reference by the famous Albert Schweitzer on the Mysticism of Saint Paul in his witings in the New Testament. This is not a sit down and read book, but one that must be used as reference material, and read along with your Bible. It's focus is on the Believers Union with Christ, and will provide a lifetime of study and thought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars stitled writing, at times sounds just like Baur, just go to the source., January 6, 2014
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This review is from: The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle (The Albert Schweitzer Library) (Paperback)
Albert Schweitzer would write a research work. A book that was well researched, stilted writing style, lots of footnotes, that would establish him as knowledgeable on the subject, such as this one, Paul the Apostle. Then he would write an easy enjoyable Readers Digest version of the book with no footnotes, no research, just story telling. It conveyed the same message as the critical work. His easy books were often made into book of the month club selections. Paul and his interpreters is the easy book that is enjoyable to read, while The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle is the difficult version of this same material. Read Paul and His Interpreters first, it will only take an hour or two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle, August 10, 2011
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This book really points out the diffrence in schooling in late 1800s Europe and now in the US. Despite that, it is thought provoking because the author uses text not available (if at all) to many in present time. The translator's choice of words can often be confusing, but It's an excellent read, and interesting nontheless.
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The Mysticism of Paul the Apostle (The Albert Schweitzer Library) by Albert Schweitzer (Paperback - November 9, 1998)
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