The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Religion - 240 pages
2 Reviews

Meet Paul Again . . . for the First Time

Continuing in the tradition of The Last Week and The First Christmas, world-renowned New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to expose the church's conspiracy to silence Jesus's most faithful disciple, the apostle Paul.


What people are saying - Write a review

After 2000 Years, the "Real" Paul

User Review  - LifeVerse -

Imagine a book titled Why I Am a Vegetarian. Then imagine two clever scholars, both highly regarded, who write a book to prove that Why I Am a Vegetarian recommends eating meat. So people buy the book ... Read full review

The first Paul: reclaiming the radical visionary behind the Church's conservative icon

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Widely perceived as the founder of Christianity and an enduringly controversial figure, Paul is often seen today by the church as a conservative icon. But many others see him as an offensive figure ... Read full review


chapter three
chapter four
chapter five
Life Together in Christ
The Death of an Apostle

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Marcus J. Borg is canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and was Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Described by the New York Times as "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars," he has appeared on NBC's The Today Show and Dateline, ABC's World News, and NPR's Fresh Air. He is the author of the bestselling books Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God We Never Knew, Jesus, Speaking Christian, and The Evolution of the Word. His blog appears on the Progressive Christian Channel of

John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.

Bibliographic information