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The Many-Sided Paul

The Many-Sided Paul

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A Study of the Character
of the Great Apostle as
unfolded in The Acts and
the Pauline Epistles . .


BY GEORGE FRANCIS GREENE
A Study of the Character
of the Great Apostle as
unfolded in The Acts and
the Pauline Epistles . .


BY GEORGE FRANCIS GREENE

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The Many-Sided Paul
A Study of the Characterof the Great Apostle asunfolded in The Acts andthe Pauline Epistles . .BY GEORGE FRACIS GREEEMinister of the Presbyterian Church, Cranford, ew JerseyGrasp but about thee, in this life so rich, so free,And where thou touchest it will interest thee."PrefaceThis little work does not profess to be anotherof the now numerous biographies of the ApostlePaul, nor is it a study of the Pauline Theology.It is simply an attempt to present in popularform a tolerably complete, though condensed,review of the character of the great apostle byarranging under their proper heads the materialsfor the portraiture that are in the ew Testament.The one work with the plan of which my aimmost nearly coincides, so far as I am acquaintedwith the literature of the subject, is Dr. J. S.Howson's The Character of St. Paul. But How-son's study, brilliant, sympathetic and spiritualas it is, does not claim completeness in anysense — it sets forth four or five aspects of itssubject only. I have tried to attach to the frame-
 
work of my scheme all the principal features of the apostle's history as revealed objectively in The56 PREFACEActs and subjectively in the Pauline letters, to-gether with the main outlines of his teaching sofar as these throw light on the apostle's own per-sonality. So far as I know, then, my plan isunique in that it aims to discuss, though oftenvery cursorily, all the main features of the ma-terial in question, not as sources of a biography,nor as elements of a department of biblicaltheology, but as indications of a character.While I trust that I have dealt justly with thehistorical matters involved, and that I have placeda correct interpretation on the language of theapostle, I do not offer this work as a contribu-tion to critical scholarship. It is sent forth withthe hope that it may serve to profit some atleast of the large class of wide-awake, intelli-gent Christians who in a busy world have littletime to use helps to the understanding of thegreat personages and the great teachings of God's word other than their English Bibles andtheir concordances. Possibly there are Sunday-school teachers, — now that the topical study of the Bible is beginning to receive larger attentionin our Bible schools, — who may find in the fol-lowing pages an outline of an important field of study which they may profitably enlarge upon.Possibly, also, there are students for the minis-PREFACE 7
 
try who may be aided in catching somewhat of the sublime spirit of the great apostle from thisbrief account of the qualities and methods of thegreatest preacher since Pentecost. But it is tothe average reader that the work is chiefly ad-dressed.I deem it unnecessary to justify myself foradding another to the almost endless list of essays upon this noble subject. It is one of thebest evidences of the divine source of the apos-tle's power and grandeur of spiritual stature thatthe world never tires of our theme. The studyof St. Paul is like the study of life itself, — solong as men recognize as features of humanthought and character the struggle with guiltand sin, and the aspiration after holiness andGod and a blessed immortality, so long will theChristian consciousness gladly welcome new trib-utes to the wondrous personality of this " slaveof Christ"; so long will the last word concern-ing him yet remain unsaid.I am not unfamiliar with many of the radicaland unsympathetic treatises on the general sub- ject that have appeared in English and Germanduring the past three decades; but I do not deemit necessary here to name even a partial list of them. A good bibliography of the subject,8 PREFACEwhich may be consulted by those who are in-terested, is appended to Stevens' The PaulineTheology.In the use of Scripture quotations I have uni-

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