The Early Years

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

in Paul

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266531
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601583 | DOI:
The Early Years

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Aramaic-speaking parents brought Paul to Tarsus from Galilee as prisoners-of-war sold as slaves. Excellent education in rhetoric, and a smattering of Stoicism. As a Pharisee, he saw that proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah implied repudiation of the Law. It was an either-or situation, not the both-and situation that Jewish Christians wanted. Hence, his persecution of Christians.

Keywords: education; Gischala; Jerusalem; Paul; persecution; Pharisee; rhetoric; Stoicism; Tarsus

Chapter.  6963 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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