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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus J. Borg Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paul is second only to Jesus as the most important person in the birth of Christianity, and yet he continues to be controversial, even among Christians. How could the letters of Paul be used both to inspire radical grace and to endorse systems of oppression - condoning slavery, subordinating women, and condemning homosexual behavior? Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to explain the reasons for Paul's mixed reputation and reveal to us what scholars have known for decades: that the later letters of Paul were created by the early church to dilute Paul's egalitarian message and transform him into something more acceptable.

They argue that there are actually Three Pauls in the New Testament: The Radical Paul (of the seven genuine letters), The Conservative Paul (of the three disputed epistles), and The Reactionary Paul (of the three inauthentic letters). By closely examining this progression of Paul's letters - from the authentic to the inauthentic - the authors show how the apostle was slowly but steadily deradicalized to fit Roman social norms in regards to slavery, patriarchy, and patronage. In truth, Paul was an appealing apostle of Jesus whose vision of life in Christ - one of his favored phrases - is remarkably faithful to the message of Jesus himself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pieter | 2/12/2014

    " We are discussing this book at church. Again, Marcus Borg gives a new, enlightening perspective on some very old (and sometimes damaging) ideas. He focuses his attention on several misrepresentations of the apostle Paul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 1/15/2014

    " I never much liked Paul's letters- pretty reactionary. Crossan and Borg make the case that the real Paul was strongly anti-Rome where the later letters (likely not Paul) tamed him and made him a supporter of the dominant culture (women keep silent and obey your husbands, etc) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/7/2014

    " Excellent, well-presented and thought-provoking. Borg and Crossan wear me out, it takes me a while to read and digest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Polly | 1/6/2014

    " Borg and Crossan did, indeed, change the way I look at Paul. I was most interested in the context for the "Son of God" and "The Lord" titles, and the comparison between the pax Romana and Jesus's vision for peace. I thought there was a little too much emphasis on what not to read into the text. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus J. Borg

Marcus J. Borg (1942–2015) was canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, emeritus, at Oregon State University. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he had been national chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature and was the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, and Speaking Christian.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”