Paul on Trial Paperback – Mar 23 2001
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About the Author
JOHN W. Mauck, a seasoned attorney, received his B.A. from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. A member of the Christian Legal Society, Mauck and his wife, Rosemary, have four children and reside in Evanston, Illinois.
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I simply can't think of a reason why anyone would doubt his theory that Luke wrote what has become to be known as Acts as a defense of Paul and the earliest Jesus/Gospel followers...and he pulls the book of Luke into the same theory, although the title doesn't mention this fact. At a minimum, Acts should have been titled "Acts of the Holy Spirit", more so than "Acts of the Apostles", as many refer to it. But now after reading this book, Acts should be retitled in all new pressings of Protestant Bibles to more reflect this book's arguments.
This will probably be his only book, unless someone un-earths some new letters or documents in an archeology dig in the middle east that were written for the same trial-type cause. This was a job well-done, by someone who gets it that we worship the Jewish faith fulfilled. God Bless.
Mauck, a seasoned attorney, cogently argues the case that the book of Acts was written as a pre-trial document for the Apostle Paul, while Paul was awaiting trial before the emperor Nero. Although I am not sure that this thesis is finally proven, Mauck weaves together enough fascinating strands of evidence to suggest the very real possibility that Acts was just such a document. At the very least, he establishes that Acts was deliberately written with the legal status of Paul - and of Christianity - in mind.
The casual Bible student too easily views Acts as simply an account of Paul's missionary efforts, without recognizing the key role that law and litigation played in his career. Paul was a controversial figure, who did not back down when proclaiming his message in the cities and provinces of the Roman empire. Acts describes in detail the court fights and imprisonments that Paul underwent for the sake of the gospel.
To understand Acts, and the radical character of early Christianity, it is necessary to understand the legal strategies of Paul and his opponents. John Mauck takes us into the middle of that legal battle and gives us new insights into the formative period when the gospel was first proclaimed to the Roman world.
I'm proud to call him my father.
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I read this book about 2 years ago, and am still fascinated by its premise and the well-reasoned approach used to support that premise. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by Amazon Customer
There are far reaching implications which will most likely compel the thoughtful reader to rethink their view of both Christianity and Judaism. Read morePublished on May 17 2001
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