The Mind of St. Paul (Paperback)

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The Mind of St. Paul (Paperback)


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By William Barclay


I. The Man of Two Worlds - The World of the Jew
II. The Man of Two Worlds - The World of the Greek
III. Paul's Thinking about God
IV. The Divine Initiative
V. The Call of God
VI. Paul's Thinking about Jesus Christ
VII. The Incarnation
VIII. The Work of Christ
IX. The Death of Christ
X. The Risen Christ
XI. In Christ
XII. Paul's Conception of Faith
XIII. The Essential Grace
XIV. Paul's Thinking about the Holy Spirit
XV. Paul's Thinking about Sin
XVI. Paul's Conception of the Flesh
XVII. The Second Coming in the Thought of Paul
XVIII. The Mind of Paul Concerning the Church


These chapters originally appeared as a series of weekly articles in the pages of The British Weekly. I have to thank the previous editor of that paper, Rev. Shaun Herron, for giving me the opportunity to write them in the first place, and the present editor, Rev. Denis Duncan, for now giving me permission to republish them in book form. To the original series I have added two chapters, one on Sin and the other on the Church in the thinking of Paul.

These chapters do not in any way claim to be an exhaustive and complete Theology of Paul. I have simply gone direct to the Pauline letters to find out what Paul said and thought on certain great subjects. Their aim will be fulfilled, if they send people back to the reading of Paul's letters themselves.


Trinity College,
February, 1958

Chapter 1 Excerpt

CHRISTIANITY began with one tremendous problem. Clearly the message of Christianity was meant for all men. It was because God so loved the world that He sent His Son (John 3: 16). It was Jesus' confidence that, if He was lifted up, He would draw all men unto Him (John 12: 32). The Church regarded it as her commission that she must go and teach all nations (Matthew 28: 19). It was clear that Christianity had a message for all the world, and that unless that message was delivered, the Church would fail in her God-given duty.

But the fact remained that Christianity was cradled in Judaism; and, humanly speaking, no message which was meant for all the world could ever have had a more unfortunate cradle. The Jews were involved in a double hatred - the world hated them and they hated the world.

No nation was ever more bitterly hated than the Jews. Cicero called the Jewish religion "a barbarous superstition" (Cicero, Pro Flacco 28); Tacitus called the Jewish nation "the vilest of people" (Tacitus, Histories 5: 8). Anti-semitism is no new thing; it flourished in the ancient world. . .


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Product Details ISBN: 9781628451498
ISBN-10: 1628451491
Publisher: Windham Press
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2013
Pages: 258
Language: English