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Paul of Tarsus Hardcover – December 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 539 pages
  • Publisher: Scepter Publishers (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0906138612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906138618
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Mosier on June 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Paul of Tarsus is a deeply moving account of the Apostle's life. I appreciate the author's care in researching the details and making frequent references to Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church. It really brings to life the reality of the early Christians. This book is a must-read for any modern-day Christian.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Florida Dad VINE VOICE on December 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A favorite genre of Catholic authors through the years has been biographies or fictionalized historical novels on the saints. You can find a plethora of works on St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius Loyola or even St. Maximilian Kolbe. Thus, I find it odd that so few biographies or novels exist on those considered the foundation of the Church - the apostles. It is true that one is hard pressed to find many historical details on apostles such as Bartholomew or Simon the Zealot, but the few scriptural details plus the lively traditional accounts of their lives leads one to believe that this would be a burgeoning field of literature. What is most shocking is that even the two greatest apostles, Peter and Paul, founders of the Church of Rome, have had very few Catholic biographies or novels written on their lives.

This book, "Paul of Tarsus" by Rt. Rev. Joseph Holzner, is a rare exception to this rule. Written in the 1940's, it is a lengthy (over 500 pages) biography on the great convert apostle. In many ways, it is an admirable book - Holzner leaves out nothing that is known about Paul, and fills in many details using an extensive knowledge of the 1st century culture in which Paul lived, both Roman and Jewish. By reading this book, one is able to "fill in the gaps" that sometimes occur when reading Paul's letters - who was he writing to? What was the situation of that local church? How did Paul get from this city to that city? When was Paul in prison? Who are all these people he references - Timothy, Titus, Luke, etc.? All these questions and more are adequately answered in the pages of "Paul of Tarsus."

However, there are a number of flaws in this book. First, Holzer seems to be unclear as to whether he is writing a strict biography or a novel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Korte on September 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It brought St. Paul and the scriptures alive. It has great historical descriptions of his cultural era and the geographic area of his travels. It is at the same time a great window into the early church.
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