A Very Brief History

John M.G. Barclay


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‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’
(Galatians 3.28)

The revolutionary writings of St Paul have had an incalculable impact on Western history, and continue to influence directly the two billion Christians living today.

Written by a world authority, this brief history begins by assessing what we know about Paul’s life and letters, and his impact on the Roman world of the first century. It concludes by highlighting the key elements of Paul’s thought and considering their consequences as they have played out over two millennia.


John M.G. Barclay:
John M. G. Barclay is Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University. His previous books include <i>Paul and the Gift</i> (Eerdmans, 2015) and <i>Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews</i> (Mohr Siebeck, 2011).