A slow rumbling, that has been building up among New Testament scholars for the past twenty years, is only w beginning to make its effects felt on a more general public. A new Paul is beginning to emerge-one who differs from the Paul of Augustine and Luther, who is friend to the traditional orthodoxy that has co-opted him for almost two thousand years. To help us see Paul in this new way, Scott arrives at three conclusions argued step-by-step throughout the book:* Paul was called* His concern was with the nations* Paul addresses particular situations, t a universal human condition The new Paul threatened Roman authorities with anti-imperial rhetoric, much of which is still operative today. Thus, the new Paul may prove an even more radical challenge to church and society than did the historical Jesus.
Bernard Brandon Scott (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is the Darbeth Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. A charter member of the Jesus Seminar and Chair of Westar's Christianity Seminar, he is the author of several books, including The Trouble with Resurrection (2010) and Re-imagine the World (2001).