So far Ive listened to this course twice, some lectures three times. I still want to listen again with dear husband and also check out more courses and books by this author. 2.Paul was a rhetorician, i.e., someone skilled at the art of developing and delivering arguments. Therefore, in reading St. Pauls letters, it is necessary first of all to keep in mind that his writing, sentence structure and word choice took rhetorical rules as their basis. Each letter needs to be read on its own within the context of its unique situation. (Galatians) 6.Pauls authorship of the Pastoral Letters was never challenged until the 1800s and and he offers several reasons why we may reconsider that challenge today. Have set it aside, but I want to go through it again after I listen to Saint Paul.
The Apostle Paul was a course taught by Luke Timothy Johnson. Pr. Johnson lets you know right away that Paul was a controversial figure then and today. It was Paul who in many of his letters defines today's Christianity. Each of the Bible chapters attributed to Paul was covered by Pr. Timothy Luke Johnson and explained and placed into context. Luke Timothy Johnson's Great Course on the Apostle Paul really helped me put a lot of New Testament in context, explain its significance and explain Paul's importance to Christianity.
Since Paul is responsible for writing a large portion of the New Testament, and Prof Johnson is an engaging and well-spoken lecturer, I figured that these lectures would serve me well on my search. Paul, being the Jew that he was, sought ways to not so much convert but to include the Jews to a new religious point of view....offering a forgiving god rather than a wrathful god. So he is responsible for the formation of Christianity and authored much of the New Testament.
He argues that Paul as a rhetorician uses the methodology of rhetoric to change "his voice" in his various letters.
The author's approach is presented in a manner that does not produce the typical background of defensive thought I sometimes find myself conducting while reading other scholars of historical analysis.