The Problem with Paul, By Brian J. Dodd

The Problem with Paul

by Brian J. Dodd

The Problem with Paul
  • Length: 180 pages
  • Published: April 22, 1996
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1871
  • ISBN: 9780830818716

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Was Paul a chauvinist?

Was he a prude?

Was he anti-Semitic?

Why did Paul condone slavery?

How might he have fared on the Oprah Winfrey Show?

People outside the church have often found Paul hard to stomach. His views on women, sex and marriage, his failure to attack the institution of slavery, and his verbal attacks on his opponents have all come under fire.

Regrettably, Paul hasn't always fared that much better among believers. Like the apostle Peter, many wonder what to make of Paul and his confusing, controversial--and sometimes apparently contradictory--teachings. Put simply, Paul just isn't politically correct.

Brian Dodd offers a fresh look at the perpetually enigmatic and misunderstood Paul. Combining pastoral insight and scholarly rigor, he helps us bridge the gap between Paul's ancient world and our postmodern setting. Here is much-needed perspective for making sense of Paul--the man and his message.


1. The Problem with Paul
2. The Male Chauvinist the Modern Woman
3. Paul on the Oprah Winfrey Show: The Apostle's Views on Sex Pleasure
4. Single Paul His Married Followers
5. The Slave of Christ the Slaves of Antiquity
6. The Hebrew of Hebrews Anti-Semitism
7. Paul's Problem Personality
8. Paul on His Best Day


Brian J. Dodd

Brian J. Dodd (PhD, University of Sheffield) has served as a pastor, church planter, and seminary professor. He has led training in leadership development and evangelism in the U.S., U.K., and in countries of the former Soviet Union. He lives in Florida.