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What Paul Meant por Garry Wills
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What Paul Meant (edição 2006)

por Garry Wills

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All through history, Christians have debated Paul's influence on the church. Though revered, Paul has also been a stone on which many stumble. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus' life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, managing controversy, and sometimes contradicting himself, but at the same time offering the best reflection of those early times. This interpretation of Paul's writing examines his tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief and chronicles the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:What Paul Meant
Autores:Garry Wills
Informação:Viking Adult (2006), Hardcover, 208 pages
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What Paul Meant por Garry Wills

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    MarthaJeanne: Both books aim at a popular audience. They give quite different pictures of Paul, particularly of the relationship between the Pauline letters and Acts.
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Garry Wills does a good job addressing various misunderstandings of the texts from Paul, and creating an alternate image of Paul that is consistent and coherent. Paul's letters are the earliest written documents of the New Testament, and very important to understanding the life and development of the early church. Wills counters the notion that Paul represented a break from the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and instead presents the Apostle to the Gentiles as a reelable reflection of those teachings. To do this, Wills relies on only the seven letters of Paul generally accepted as authentic, and dismisses parts of Acts as (at best) slanted. More could have been done to situate Paul more clearly in his times, and better address the nature and function of both travel and letter-writing in the first century, but for that you can read the short books by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor and M. Luther Stirewalt Jr. What Paul Meant is a short work, but provides a valuable perspective on Paul, and a good foundation on which to build an understanding of this key figure of Christianity. ( )
  MadBeet | Oct 20, 2018 |
It is an understatement to say that Paul is controversial.

Paul has often gotten a bad rap. As one of the first New Testament writers, instrumental in transforming a universal message, stifled by a provincial culture, into a worldwide faith.. We are told he traveled more than 10,000 miles establishing and encouraging the spread of Jesus’ message.

His letters were occasional writings. They were dashed off to deal with local crises. Today, we read his raised voice without knowing or hearing the other side’s shouts. His words are heated. They tumble out in self-defense and urgent guidance. Where Jesus taught and guided using simple parables, Paul relied on complex theology.

Paul may not have written much of what is attributed to him, Wills tells us. Of the 13 letters he is often thought of having written; only seven are now believed to be his. They are 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, and Romans. All were written before 55 CE, long before the first Gospels and Acts of the Apostles were penned.

Although he is not a biblical scholar, as a voracious reader and a gifted writer, Wills uses recent scholarship to separate fact from fiction.

As in “Lincoln at Gettysburg” and “Nixon Agonistes” (my two favorite Wills books) the author looks at a familiar set of facts and draws startling insights. In this book I was fascinated by Wills’- a former Greek professor at Johns Hopkins University - ability to draw insightful and nuanced meaning from his personal translations of familiar New Testament verses.

With characteristic clarity, Wills frees Paul from the misconceptions that distort his significance.

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  PointedPundit | Mar 23, 2008 |
I listened to this book in audio - and found that I kept wanting to re-read that last sentence -
Also, Garry Wills is working with what he calls "market place Greek" - he says this is the Greek the Jews used and the language of the new testament. I kept wanting to compare his translation with the translations I am more familiar with. ( )
  bethlea | Dec 8, 2007 |
This clear and easy read has helped to 'save' Paul for me. The real and apparent contradictions in Paul's writings are far less disturbing and easier to accept as truth when the letters that are believed to be Paul's own by the majority of scholars are then examined in chronological order and in light of what else we know about Paul's conversion and ministry. These letters are the earliest known writings about Jesus, and this informed and honest reading can make you think twice (or at least think more) about things you've been taking for granted. ( )
  Osbaldistone | Dec 1, 2007 |
Interesting perspective on the most unique of Jesus' "emissaries". Historic and factual insights are good though some of his conclusions are suspect. ( )
  Doondeck | May 6, 2007 |
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Wills wants to dislodge the myths and prejudices encrusting Paul’s epistles and restore his spiritual message to the language and setting of his own time before applying it to our own. This is a deflationary exercise, and Paul emerges from it a more ordinary figure in the early Christian world.
adicionada por danielx | editarNew York Review of Books, Mark Lilla (sítio Web pago) (Jan 2, 2015)
 
With this bracing book, Wills, who continues to call himself a Catholic, further cements his reputation as one of the most intellectually interesting and doctrinally heterodox Christians writing today.
adicionada por timspalding | editarThe New York Times, Damon Linker (Dec 31, 2006)
 
As always in a work by Garry Wills, one enjoys a string of arresting insights and original formulations, magnified here, as in What Jesus Meant, by his own beautiful translations from the Greek, the language of the New Testament. What Paul Meant offers a tour-de-force revision of what we thought we knew about the apostle who helped give the Christian faith its distinctive shape.
adicionada por timspalding | editarSlate, Richard Wightman Fox (Nov 26, 2006)
 
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All through history, Christians have debated Paul's influence on the church. Though revered, Paul has also been a stone on which many stumble. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus' life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, managing controversy, and sometimes contradicting himself, but at the same time offering the best reflection of those early times. This interpretation of Paul's writing examines his tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief and chronicles the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries.--From publisher description.

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