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It is often said that without Paul the Apostle there would have been no Christian Church. Certainly it was Paul who took the message of Christ beyond the region of Palestine to the Gentiles of Asia Minor and it was Paul who established the first Churches across Anatolia and beyond, into the Greek Peninsula. It is therefore arguable that if it had not been for Paul, the Church would not have become the worldwide Faith that it is today.
It is also arguable that without the structure of the Roman Empire of the First Century, the early Church would not have spread as it did.
This book places Paul in his historical context; the Graeco-Roman world of the Pax Romana.
Part One of the book explains how the Eastern Mediterranean came to be Greek in culture but Roman in government.
Part Two looks at the life of a Jew or early Christian at that time, living under Roman rule.
Part Three follows the life of Paul; a Roman Citizen, an urban, well-educated Jew of the Diaspora; born in Tarsus, which was then a prosperous and cosmopolitan port city.
This is not another Biblical study on the life of St Paul, or a work of Christian apologetics. Rather it looks at the radical Jew of the First Century who challenged the status quo. He was a man who faced both the hostility of the Jews and the might of the Roman Empire.
Including some useful maps, it is short and accessible and should appeal to the general reader who wants to learn about the man Paul of Tarsus: a First Century Radical, from a historical perspective rather than the more usual avenue, through Scripture

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PAUL OF TARSUS

A First Century Radical

‘In Brief’ Series: Books for Busy People

by Anne Davison

Copyright©2013 Anne Davison

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: The Greek World

PART TWO: The Roman World

PART THREE: The Life of Paul

CONCLUSION

EPILOGUE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

Maps

The Greek World

The Empire of Alexander the Great

The Jewish Diaspora

Paul’s First Journey

Paul’s Second Journey

Paul’s Third Journey

Preface

This is the second book in the ‘In Brief’ Series: Books for Busy People; the first one being From the Medes to the Mullahs: a history of Iran, published in 2013. As in the previous book, the content began as a series of lectures.

This book places Paul in his historical context; the Graeco-Roman world of the Pax Romana of the first century.

Part One of the book explains how the Eastern Mediterranean came to be Greek in culture but Roman in government.

Part Two looks at the life of a Jew, or early Christian at that time, living under Roman rule.

Part Three follows the life of Paul; a Roman Citizen, an urban, well-educated Jew of the Diaspora; born in Tarsus, which was then a prosperous and cosmopolitan port city.

This is not another Biblical study on the life of St Paul, or a work of Christian apologetics. Rather it looks at the radical Jew of the First Century who challenged the status quo.

Until his conversion experience Paul was known by his Hebrew name of Saul. However, I shall use the more familiar name of Paul throughout, except for the part of the book that covers his early life.

Since this is not a work of Biblical scholarship I shall refrain from quoting each relevant text, apart from referring, where applicable, to an actual book of the New Testament.

A word about dating: I have used BCE (Before the Common/Current Era) rather than BC, but I have retained the more familiar AD.

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Introduction

It is often said that without Paul the Apostle there would have been no Christian Church. Certainly, it was Paul who took the message of Christ beyond the region of Palestine to the Gentiles of Asia Minor and it was Paul who established the first Churches across Anatolia and beyond into the Greek Peninsula. It is arguable that if it had not been for Paul, the Church would not have become the worldwide Faith that it is today.

Paul was born a Jew around the year 5 AD. He converted to Christianity and lived until he was about 62 years old. Key to understanding the legacy of Paul is the fact that he was a Roman citizen, living in a Graeco-Roman world. In other words, he lived under Roman rule but the culture at the time was Greek, often referred to as Hellenistic. As a Jew he also shared the Hebrew culture of his upbringing. And he was highly educated.

This book sets the scene for Paul, placing