Category Archives: Angles on Paul

Other short articles on Paul on angles not covered in The Madness of St Paul

Paul: Hero or Homewrecker?

“Home” was never an easy concept for Paul. Visits to his birthplace, Tarsus, are barely mentioned; he studied in Jerusalem but conversion made it dangerous; he spent a good while in Corinth but this was tainted by the argy-bargy that … Continue reading

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Paul: Defeated Twice

St Paul was a difficult man. There are many indications that he was essentially a loner: His competitive zeal, his passionate arguments, his sharp break with more pastoral Barnabas, his focused missionary hunger all point to one who found the … Continue reading

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Paul: Punk, Post-Punk, or Master of Dub?

After 2000 years we gladly take Paul’s “hymns” for granted. Philippians 2 or Colossians 1 are comfortably familiar now, but were shocking when they first appeared. To cry out “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” was horrifying … Continue reading

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Was Paul a disappointment to his parents?

One of the big contributions Social Science has made to New Testament studies has been to stress the role of family in the Ancient World. Individualism as we know it is a modern creation. In the light of this, it’s … Continue reading

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Paul and Titus

Titus is possibly the first non-Jewish Christian we have recorded by name. Paul took him to Jerusalem about fifteen years after Christ’s death, noting that “even though he was a Greek he wasn’t compelled to be circumcised.” (Galatians 2) They … Continue reading

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Paul and Lydia

How far would you travel on a flash of vision? St Paul was already on the road with Silas and the missionary plan was evolving before them. Then one night in Troas, on the north-western shore of modern Turkey, Paul … Continue reading

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Paul and Barnabas

Paul’s conversion confused everyone. He’d been known as one who caused havoc among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem yet, newly converted in Damascus he was baffling all by proving strenuously Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 9:22) Paul now faced the same … Continue reading

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Paul and Ananias

St Paul – Saul as he was then known – had been breathing murderous threats against the church. As a zealous Pharisee, he consumed huge amounts of energy not only observing Moses’ Law, but a mass of other rules and … Continue reading

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Paul and Stephen

If you had to name five people who made you think, who would they be? Or five people through whom you heard God speak to you? Hopefully they wouldn’t all be preachers – perhaps none of them would be. We … Continue reading

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