Bird michael f an anomalous jew paul among jews greeks and romans grand rapids mich eerdmans 2017 xii 322 pages pb 28 link to eerdmans this new collection of essays from michael bird includes three chapters previously published and two lengthy chapters written for this volume a lengthy thirty page introduction explains what bird means. Michael f bird s an anomalous jew is an exploration of pauls complex socio cultural identity and his evangelizing tactics as a function of such complexity in characteristically vibrant prose bird examines different facets of jewish greek and roman identities to understand how to make sense of paul and his mission. An anomalous jew michael f birds newly published addition to the field of pauline scholarship begins with the obvious the apostle paul was a jew paul was born into a jewish family and spent his early years studying the torah. Paul among jews greeks and romans an anomalous jew presents the figure of paul in all his complexity with his blend of common and controversial jewish beliefs and a faith in christ that brought him into conflict with the socio religious scene around him bird elucidates how the apostle paul was variously perceived as a religious . In this well informed portrait bird situates the controversial apostle in his first century context to highlight his peculiarity and offer fresh insight into the man himself 300 pages softcover from eerdmans an anomalous jew paul among jews greeks and romans 9780802867698 by michael f bird
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