Chapter

The Last Years

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780192853424
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0014
The Last Years

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Paul's concern about his reception in Jerusalem is mentioned in his Letter to the Romans, the group that he needed to support him if he were to proceed to Spain. Luke described Paul's condition while he was incarcerated in Rome. The chapter speculates that in prison, however, it would have been difficult to receive visitors and make speeches such as those Luke attributes to Paul. The authenticity of the Three Pastoral Letters is also examined in this chapter. Paul was unsuccessful in Spain and returned to the Aegean and then to Rome, after Nero burned the Eternal City. Paul was beheaded in Rome—a manner of execution that is understood to imply that he was condemned by a regularly constituted court. The place of his execution and burial is not yet proven, but popular tradition tells that Paul's body was buried in Via Ostiense.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Letters to the Romans; Spain; Luke; Three Pastoral Letters; Aegean; Nero; Via Ostiense

Chapter.  15886 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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