Traditionally, nearly half of the books of the New Testament are considered to be letters of Paul (modern scholarship reduces that number). These letters of Paul are the earliest of all Christian writings, dating a generation or two before the gospels were compiled. As the first and foremost interpreter of Jesus of Nazareth, the letters of Paul provided the foundation for subsequent Christian theology and became the manifesto for a new world religion.
A critically acclaimed new novel offers a provocative new perspective on the apostle to the Gentiles and provides a context for understanding and evaluating the letters of Paul. A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the Apostle has received stirring reviews from Christians and Jews alike. "Agree or disagree," says one Jewish professor of religion, "this book opens up the reality of the world of Paul and his contemporaries in a way no other work does." "This just may be the most authentically historical novel ever written about the lives of the apostles," says a Christian scholarly review.
The letters of Paul came late in his life after a falling out with Peter and rejection by James, the brother of Jesus. But the seeds of the conflict--between Paul and his Gentile churches and James, the Jerusalem bound leader of the Jewish followers of Jesus--had been planted years earlier. Imbedded in the letters of Paul, there for all to see, is the spoiled fruit of a breach between two branches of a family tree. A Wretched Man traces the conflict of these two leaders over the course of nearly three decades and across much of the Roman Empire. Christianity was born of their contentious relationship, and the letters of Paul became the birth announcement of a new world religion.
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