Studying St Paul

David Suchet, Rowan Williams

As we celebrate Easter, the figure of St Paul looms large in our horizon.

His 10 celebrated letters, more than any other writer, set the theology of Christianity for the new faith.

Studying Paul has never been easy.

In this 96-page book Meeting God in PAUL by Rowan Williams, published in 2015, the former Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 has managed to distill the life and impact of Paul into three short chapters.

The first chapter sets out Paul’s social world where the people were divided into outsiders and insiders. The haves and the have-nots. The Roman citizens and the non-Roman citizens.

The second chapter sets out Paul’s new disturbing idea- the universal welcome in Christ – There is no such thing as Jew and Greek, slave, and free man…For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3.28).

The third chapter sets out Paul’s theology on the new Christian universe. One was created through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The event we Christians celebrate is called Easter.

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