Reviews and Awards
"a brief and manageable book which, with remarkable success, tries to summarize what we know of Paul; to provide a plausible pattern and chronology of his life and mission, and to demonstrate his development and essential coherence of his written works...If you are a parish priest read it to reaffirm the background to your preaching and exposition."
"A relatively brief, fast-moving guide through Paul's life and activity, including both his writings and his founding and nurturing of new Christian communities around the Eastern Mediterranean. It is thoroughly readable, and both offers a vivid picture of the realities of Paul's life and shows how they lead on to his doctrine." - Church Times
"... ideal for those many people who hear Paul read in church but find him obscure: much is illuminated once one is enabled to see where a given passage belongs in Paul's setting in life, and what was actually at stake at the time." - Church Times
"... the author's unrivalled knowledge of Pauline terrain enables him to re-create imaginatively the great cities of Jerusalem, Antioch-on-the-Orentes, Corinth and others. Even more telling is the recreation of the constant labour and danger of travel, as Paul tramps ceaselessly over the infested paths of the Roman east." - The Tablet
"The present work combines the biblical record with a deep understanding of the culture and geography of the region to produce an excellent, albeit inventive, biography ... Murphy-O'Connor brings Paul to life as a real person with real passions." - Publishers Weekly, USA