The Pauline Circle
“Paul,” writes F.F. Bruce, “attracted friends around him as a magnet attracts iron filings. He had that warm and outgoing kind of personality which draws out people’s good will and affection.” In creating portraits of Paul’s friends and co-workers, Bruce examines the relationships of the first-century Christians and gives a clear understanding of people who influenced the New Testament church.
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By: F.F. Bruce
The New Testament evidence for Paul's wide circle of friends is plentiful, both in Paul's own writings and in the Book of Acts. In each of the first ten chapters, Professor Bruce engagingly pictures one of Paul’s associates: Ananias and the disciples at Damascus, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Luke, Priscilla and Aquila, Apollos, Titus, Onesimus, and Mark. The last two chapters briefly introduce co-workers and hosts and hostesses, who “had no other motive in being so helpful than love of Paul and love of the Master whom he served.” Widely known as one of the foremost Pauline scholars, Bruce writes in an clear style that is easily accessible to the lay person. By tying together threads from Acts and Paul’s letters, “The Pauline Circle” gives a clearer understanding of who some of Paul’s closest friends.
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Published Date: 1985
Publisher: Kingsley Books
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F.F. Bruce (1910-1990) is know worldwide as the "Dean of Evangelical Scholarship". He was a biblical scholar who supported the historical reliability of the New Testament. Trained in classics, he taught at the universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, and Sheffield, and was for almost twenty years the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester. Bruce combined an immense contribution to evangelical scholarship with a passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives. He used his great knowledge to explain the Bible simply and clearly.