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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Garry Wills Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout history, Christians have debated Paul’s influence in the church. Though revered, Paul has also been controversial—apocryphal writings by Peter and James charge Paul with being a tool of Satan. In later centuries, Paul was scorned by such writers as Thomas Jefferson, George Bernard Shaw, and Nietzsche.

In this masterly analysis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Garry Wills chronicles Paul’s tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief, the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries, and the meaning of his words. He argues eloquently that what Paul meant was not contrary to what Jesus meant—rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus’ life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, offering the best reflection of those early times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wills] is simply the most astute Catholic writer in America today.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Wills’ precise diction and preacherlike narration add to the listening experience…listeners can’t help appreciating Wills’ voice, his scholarship and his conclusions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Wills hones in on what is at stake in complex arguments, makes the issues clear, and presents a compelling case for reading Paul with historical attentiveness.”

    Library Journal

  • “Dazzlingly enlightening.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 2/14/2014

    " Paul is such an enigma...I love to read about him. This book is a fascinating look at Paul and addresses the questions about attitude towards women and towards Jews. Wills is an ardent admirer of Paul, so the book tends to be a bit hagiographic, but nevertheless it is a remarkable look at this ultimate Christian evangelist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 2/1/2014

    " I learned that I wanted to read 'What Jesus Meant' first. And I learned that Catholic theologians - or at least this one - seem quite at ease dismissing as non authentic vast past of what we know as Paul's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 1/3/2014

    " Wills is a real advocate for Paul. I am listening to this book on tape and have learned quite a bit of early church history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jeremy Sabol | 12/17/2013

    " kind of terrible! disappointing. one-dimensional, lackluster defense against widespread critiques of Paul (which are difficult to oppose, but come on!). "

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