A commendation for Anthony Thiselton’s The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and his Thought

I want to take a wee break from posting on Stringfellow to commend another book, namely Anthony Thiselton’s The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and his Thought.

Here’s a book written by someone who has wrestled long and hard with the subject but doesn’t feel the need to keep reminding you of that fact, a book written in full awareness and appreciation of the technical issues and debates going on in the background but is not sidetracked or straightjacketed by them, a book which articulates the subject at hand with sensitivity, pastoral wisdom, theological acumen, and a level of clarity and conciseness that I struggle to reach writing a birthday card.

Anthony Thiselton’s brief for The Living Paul was to pen ‘something which makes Paul accessible, but without undue oversimplification’. He has fulfilled this brief impressively. Many an undergrad will be helped here.


  1. I apologize in advance for the blatant self-promotion, but I mention my own work of Pauline scholarship entitled A Wretched Man, a novel of Paul the apostle. Scholarly critics laud the book for its historical accuracy and authenticity, but as historical fiction it adds an imaginative way into the man from Tarsus. Non fiction appeals to our intellect and provides information. My work of historical fiction does the same but adds the experiential or emotional component. Fiction invites the reader to imagine and to relate to characters beyond the purely academic, and for many learners, this approach can be an advantage–“deliciously didactic”.

    For more info, check out the website http://www.awretchedman.com. The book will be available in the Cokesbury bookstore at the PCUSA general assembly in Mpls next week, and I will be at Cokesbury on Monday, July 5th at 2:30 for an autograph session. The book is fresh off the press (March release), but it is presently under consideration for classroom usage at St Olaf (ELCA); St John’s, St Thomas and St Catherine’s (RC) and two Mpls seminaries–the UCC seminary and Luther seminary.

    Thanks for listening.


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