An anomalous jew paul among jews greeks and romans michael f bird on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers lively well informed portrait of the complex figure who was the apostle paul though paul is often lauded as the first great christian theologian and a champion for gentile inclusion in the church. 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. Reviewed by mark baker anyone who tries to engage with pauls letters seriously must engage with the question that michael bird seeks to answer in an anomalous jew how does paul relate to judaism. Bird elucidates how the apostle paul was variously perceived as a religious deviant by jews as a divisive figure by jewish christians as a purveyor of dubious philosophy by greeks and as a dangerous troublemaker by the romans readers of this book will better understand the truly anomalous shape of pauls thinking and worldview. 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
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