Paul the Man: A Bible Study for Groups or Individuals

Lois C Andersen

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Savagely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it (Galatians 1:13). Indeed my fury rose to such a pitch that I extended my persecution to foreign cities (Acts 26:11).

Thus we are introduced to Saul of Tarsus, known later as Paul the Apostle – recognised down the ages as the man above all others who established the Church over much of the then-known world, and regarded as the greatest missionary of all time. What an abrupt turn-around!

Many people think of Paul the Apostle as a male chauvinist – against sex, against women, against marriage – or as a stern, demanding saint lacking in compassion or tolerance, and are wary of studying him deeply. For those wanting to get to know and understand Paul more, there are many surprises in store here as we get to know Paul the man through reading his letters and the history of his life in The Acts of the Apostles.

Lois Anderson has integrated careers as wife, mother, and medical doctor with ministry as a Bible teacher. For her early work in pediatrics she was awarded the Vera Scantelbury Brown Memorial Scholarship, and worked as Fellow in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her later practice included care for the visually handicapped and family medicine. After her retirement she taught Bible-based courses on prayer and spirituality as Associate Professor of Christian Studies at New College, Berkeley. She is married to Frank Andersen. They have five children, and seven grandchildren.

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