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The Apostle: A Life of Paul (John Pollock Series) Paperback – January 7, 1994
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Pollock's book is presented as documentary-style reading since Paul's complete biography is not entirely clear. There is much the author states is inference or speculation. If you can respect that and not build doctrine and facts on where the evidence is fuzzy, I think this is an excellent book.
One example of "fuzzy" facts that Pollock considers is the age-old controversy over the authorship of the Book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews does not identify himself and scholars argue who wrote it. Pollock speculates that Paul, while imprisioned in Acts Ch. 24 for two years may have had time and motivation to write the book to the people he so desparately wanted to reach. With his imprisonment and his controversial style among the Jews, he may have left his identity anonymous so he himself would not be a stumbling block to reach his Jewish brothers. Eternity will reveal who wrote the Book of Hebrews but it is certainly a plausible theory.
Overall, the greatest benefit in reading this book is to provide a better framework for understanding Paul as he travels among the early churches and wrote letters to them correcting the various false teachings and problems that developed.
The book is an extremely enjoyable reading experience. This from chapter 15: Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke, "probably in the last week of July 50 [AD]," under sail from Troas: "They did not think of themselves as passing from the continent of Asia to Europe.Read more ›
Throughout the book Pollock includes biblical stories of Paul's experiences and writes the book in a biographical style. Included are the following events from Paul's life:
1. Presence at Stephan's stoning.
2. Conversion on the Damascus Road.
3. Various missionary journies.
4. Conflict with Barnabas over John Mark.
5. Relationship with Timothy.
6. Shipwreck and landing at Malta.
7. Final days in Rome.
As you read the book, you will see that Pollock is true to the New Testament accounts of Paul's life.
Read and enjoy. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book was well thought out and gave me insights into Paul that I had not had previously. I would highly recommend it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! This one I'll read over and over again. Talk about an adventure story! And great insight into the apostle Paul's life, and how what happened to him was reflected into his... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
So blessed to read this account of Paul's life! It made the words of his various letters have so much more meaning and a feeling of intimacy with Paul and those he brought the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Patricia A. Gort
This book could easily be considered essential reading for anyone desiring a coherent understanding of not only Paul's writings but the New Testament as a whole.Published 22 days ago by Jason C. Parker
A great read! The life of the Apostle Paul is presented in novel form. Well written and the author makes the chronology of Paul very understandable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt S
I have always desired to read from another source about people and events of the Bible. I found this to be very fascinating and helpful on my life journey of understanding purpose... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sponge Bob
Without a doubt one of the great biographers, and one of the best character studies of Paul.Published 2 months ago by pastor mark