What Paul Meant by Garry Wills audiobook

What Paul Meant

By Garry Wills
Read by Garry Wills

Blackstone Publishing
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Throughout history, Christians have debated Paul’s influence in the church. Though revered, Paul has also been controversial—apocryphal writings by Peter and James charge Paul with being a tool of Satan. In later centuries, Paul was scorned by such writers as Thomas Jefferson, George Bernard Shaw, and Nietzsche. In this masterly analysis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Garry Wills chronicles Paul’s tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief, the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries, and the meaning of his words. He argues eloquently that what Paul meant was not contrary to what Jesus meant—rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus’ life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, offering the best reflection of those early times.

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Summary

Summary

Throughout history, Christians have debated Paul’s influence in the church. Though revered, Paul has also been controversial—apocryphal writings by Peter and James charge Paul with being a tool of Satan. In later centuries, Paul was scorned by such writers as Thomas Jefferson, George Bernard Shaw, and Nietzsche.

In this masterly analysis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Garry Wills chronicles Paul’s tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief, the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries, and the meaning of his words. He argues eloquently that what Paul meant was not contrary to what Jesus meant—rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus’ life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, offering the best reflection of those early times.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Wills] is simply the most astute Catholic writer in America today.” Boston Globe
“Wills’ precise diction and preacherlike narration add to the listening experience…listeners can’t help appreciating Wills’ voice, his scholarship and his conclusions.” Publishers Weekly
“Wills hones in on what is at stake in complex arguments, makes the issues clear, and presents a compelling case for reading Paul with historical attentiveness.” Library Journal
“Dazzlingly enlightening.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Garry Wills

Author Bio: Garry Wills

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 4.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English