Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

9780830844722The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk.

He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others.

Or was he?

Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours.

Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this “worst of sinners” dares to say, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

IVP Academic has sent along a copy for perusal.  Stay tuned.  Let’s see if it’s any good.

One thought on “Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?

  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 27 Oct 2016 at 11:31 am

    I can’t wait!!!! Staying tuned!
    This that I often hear “He legitimized slavery” is not only ignorance but a blunt calumny against Paul. Instructing Christians of how to treat their slaves (servants) with kindness is not the same as endorsing slavery! Jesus said that divorce is tolerated “because of the hardness of our hearts”; many say “then divorce is acceptable since Jesus approves” (i heard that). To tolerate and relent to something is not the same as endorsement, approval and inclusion in Church doctrine and discipline. Jesus did not EVER endorse divorce as much as Paul NEVER endorsed slavery as we know it in American history.


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