Category Archives: Paul

Thoughts about the opposition to Paul

I have been considering the opposition to Paul since reading Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  Although I could not totally agree with his theory of Paul’s opponents, his treatment did make this a bigger issue in my mind.  Some … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-appreciation and caveat

I’ve completed Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It was a great read. He used his vast knowledge of the 1st century Hellenistic world to flesh out Paul’s life. There was much in the book that was very helpful. He … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Paul’s last years

The assumption I have held from the days I studied Paul in seminary is that Nero executed him at the end of the two years of custody in Rome, in about 62.  However, this assumption is based on Acts and … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-the mystery about the collection

I am nearing the end of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life.  It is a critical life, which means he tried to use the letters of Paul that he judged to be authentic as his main source. After Paul wrote … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-the thorn and a new base

If you have been following my summaries of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life, you have become aware of his comprehensive theory that Paul broke decisively with his base church at Antioch after his confrontation with Peter there. Furthermore, the … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Spirit-people and an intruder

After Paul wrote his 1 Corinthians we don’t know exactly what happened.  In Paul: A Critical Life, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor helpfully tabulated the clues we have to go on from passages in 2 Corinthians: (1) A single Christian (2:6, 7:12) made … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-back-and-forth with Corinth

I wrote extensively about 1 Corinthians in 2013 when I read through John Hurd’s now-out-of-print The Origins of 1 Corinthians.  See here. Now  I have come to  the portion of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: a Critical Life where he dealt with … Continue reading

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