'The Apostle Paul and His Letters' presents a detailed examination of the apostle's seminal writings in the Book of Acts. Paul was writing primarily to converts who had joined church communities only recently, mostly forsaking either Judaism or paganism. Paul's emphases on faithfulness toward God, the faithfulness of Jesus, and his moral teachings are always primary themes. The book discusses a range of topics: the circumstances that led Paul to write each letter; Paul's emphasis on the morality of the believers to whom he was writing; the influence of Old Testament, Qumran, and pagan writings on Paul's own; the intellectual and cultural context of the time; and how careful attention to Paul's language can shed light on his meaning. This book is written for a wide range of interested readers, including students, pastors, church workers and others interested in learning about Paul as a person and his work.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. Paul and the Book of Acts; 2. Primary Purpose, Structure and Content of Acts; 3. Paul's Primary Messages and Their Development for Jews; 4. Paul's Early Letters: 1 and 2 Thessalonians; 5. Paul's Early Letters: 1 Corinthians 1-6; 6. Paul's Early Letters: 1 Corinthians 7-16 and 2 Corinthians; 7. Letters from Paul's Mid-Career: Galatians; 8. Letters from Paul's Mid-Career: Romans 1-6; 9. Letters from Paul's Mid-Career: Romans 7-16; 10. Paul's Latest Letters: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians; 11. Concluding Observations and Reflections