Christian Origins #39

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This entry is part 39 of 96 in the series Christian Origins

Looking back through 2,000 years at the apostle Paul, the man looks like a giant. He’s certainly a legend, but there’s no evidence from the New Testament that Paul was looked at that way by his contemporaries. The Gentiles, I think, were somewhat in awe of Paul. But even to them he was just a man. To the Jews, he was just one of them; they didn’t think that much of him, either. But Paul was a real man, an ordinary man. They tell us that he was very un-prepossessing in appearance. In fact, he suggests that himself in some of his letters—but we don’t really know. Some ancient sources say he was bald, and short, and bandy-legged. His physical appearance may not have carried much weight, but his letters…that’s another matter entirely.

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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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