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Not that Man!

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Restoring St Paul's reputation
If you think you don’t like St Paul then this book is for you. It covers controversial topics such as Paul’s attitudes to women, slavery and sex; it also asks ‘What changed Paul?’, ‘Did Paul think that Jesus was God?’, and many other questions. Key passages have been included to illustrate that you must keep revisiting Paul if you are to go deeper into the mystery of this extraordinary character. The translations are always Nicholas King’s own and will help you to get to know Paul better – which is what this book is all about.
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Product Code1501183
NameNot that Man!
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorNicholas King
Short DescriptionRestoring St Paul's reputation
Pack Size1
Size210mm x 297mm
Count256 pages
Date Published6 May 2009
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Seasoned with a Sense of Humour Review by Primrose Peacock - Catholic South West Forum
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Saint Paul has a long history of controversy. He was responsible for a number of negative aspects of my childhood such as hatred pigtails and horrible felt Sunday hats. There are probably still fundamentalists who use Paul as a weapon, many people who dislike him and plenty of books about him.
Father King, who teaches the New Testament at Oxford University, has written with this in mind. He presents a different and interesting view point, seasoned with a sense of humour and set in the context of St. Paul’s life, time and environment.
Father King, who knows Greek, Hebrew and Latin, has also made a translation of the New Testament, from which he quotes freely. He explains why and how St. Paul came to make his various comments to the Christian communities in Corinth, Thessaloniki, Galatia and elsewhere at the time. This is distant from present day. But he agrees that Paul was prickly, like the teasel on the book cover, which is also used to raise the nap on high quality fabrics, reflecting Paul’s authoritarianism.
The main text was originally lectures given to other Jesuits in South Africa during a Roman Catholic ‘year of St Paul’. The last three chapters on slavery, women and Sex were talks to a wide audience. It promotes Christianity ecumenically. It is extremely interesting, not heavy but deep so needs reading slowly and checking against a modern bible translation, in order as the author say ‘to make sure that I am not pulling fast one’. I don’t think he is.
Anyone interested in St Paul’s background should also find H.V.Morton’s classic work in the footsteps of St Paul although dated, and written during the 1930s, it is worth reading. Not only does it partially reinforce Father king’s thesis but highlights the political and economic changes from then until now in the ‘missionary journey’ territories.
(Posted on 11/04/2011)

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Nicholas King

Nicholas King SJ is a Jesuit Priest who taught for many years in South Africa, and then at Oxford University, where he has now returned as Assistant Catholic Chaplain, after teaching as a Visiting Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, then at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and at Heythrop College, University of London. He is also Provincial's Delegate for Formation for the British Jesuit Province.

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