Book Announcement: The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences

The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp345, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences by Charles Vergeer.

“Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked.” Who was this man who had undergone such tribulations? For centuries, Paul’s letters have been read in a theological context, forming as they do part of the foundation of the Christian faith. This book, however, maintains that it is important to read these letters in a different way, to learn to analyse them in their original, contemporary context. It scrutinizes Paul’s letters, showing that the texts as we now have them form a kind of palimpsest in which other layers and text fragments are visible. It also studies Paul’s views on the resurrection, investigating Paul’s idea of the son of God and the sermon in Athens with whetted-knife precision. In addition, it deals with the alleged letter to the Romans and considers the trial of Paul and his burial place in Rome.

In such ways, it poses questions about the authenticity of the Pauline letters and comes up with surprising answers. As such, it represents a fascinating study that breaks with many traditional beliefs and creates space for radical new insights.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

The Letters of the Apostle Paul: Controversies and Consequences can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

Charles Vergeer is a philosopher, classicist and philologist, and received his doctorate with a thesis on Heraclitus, entitled “Als een akker in de winter” (“Like a Field in Winter”). His publications include Eerste vragen. Over de Griekse filosofie [First Questions: On Greek Philosophy] (1990); Een verlies van vleugels. De filosofie van het oude Rome [A Loss of Wings: The Philosophy of Ancient Rome] (1995); Een Nameloze: Jesus de Nazarener [A Nameless One: Jesus the Nazarene] (1997); Het Panterjong [The Young Panther] (2000); and Overspoeld door de eindigheid. Inleiding tot de metafysica [Washed over by Evanescence: Introduction to Metaphysics] (2015).

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