Reading List on the Apostle Paul

October 28, 2011 11:24 pm

In preparing and presenting my recent series on the Apostle Paul, I leaned most heavily on the following books. As I studied, it was with a view to what would illuminate and make plain the life, times, and activities of the great apostle. I had no interest (for the sake of my audience) in pursuing the more esoteric topics often written about concerning him.

Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free, by F. F. Bruce. Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans. The most detailed and perhaps scholarly of these books, and written by a highly respected New Testament scholar. Still, it is quite readable with only the occasional detour into less interesting topics.

Paul, by F. B. Meyer. A classic which I thoroughly enjoy. The author clearly speaks of God’s providence and work, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the ministry of Paul.

Paul: Living for the Call of Christ, by Gene Getz. Published by B & H Publishing Group. The author tends to “pick his spots” concerning what parts of Paul’s history he covers, but his insights are valuable. This book is part of a larger series entitled, Men of Character.

To Live is Christ, by Beth Moore. Ms. Moore has a wonderful gift of making Bible characters “come alive” and provides both hard facts as well as reasonable assumptions about aspects of Paul’s life and work. This should not be the first or only book you read on Paul, but you should by all means read it.

The Pauline Circle, by F. F. Bruce. Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans. Hard to find, though listed still on Amazon. Examines key companions of Paul and what we can know about them: Ananias, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Luke, Titus, etc.

Two other texts which I consulted but did not find as useful were Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit, by Charles Swindoll and Apostle Paul: A Novel, by James Cannon. The first is more devotional that exegetical in nature. The second is very interesting and entertaining – but is, after all, a novel, and the author takes great liberty at times to make up quite a bit of the “back story.”

I addition to the above, extensive reading and cross-referencing of the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul was necessary. Also, several of my good Bible dictionaries and atlases proved most useful.

Have another book you would recommend for this list? Write me at rcravy @

Comments are closed

Other News

  • Featured Articles Library “Israel Fieldbook” Free Book Download

    “Israel Fieldbook” Free Book Download

    A few weeks ago we featured a great book on Jerusalem by Galyn Weimers. Mr. Weimers has now released another book on Israel for free download. This 188 page book entitled Israel Fieldbook includes details and photos from 66 sites in Israel and 80 in Jerusalem. It is accompanied by 300+ photos plus maps, diagrams and charts at the back of the book. The previous book on Jerusalem was in 8.5" x 11" format, but this one is the more compact [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Library Free Book on Apologetics

    Free Book on Apologetics

    Dr. Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman are two respected Christian apologists. In 2001 they co-edited and contributed with others to the writing of a 658 page book on apologetics entitled, Faith has Its Reasons.
    Now they have made two digital versions of this book available for free download. The book includes a history of Christian apologetics, presentation of the four major approaches to apologetics, reviews of the major apologists past and present, an extensive bibliography and resource section and [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles “The God Who Is There” Sermons

    “The God Who Is There” Sermons

    Preaching on the existence of God.
    To best teach our congregation at Tanglewood in Odessa on this vital topic of God’s existence, I have been delivering a series of Sunday morning sermons on “The God Who Is There.” In addition to the messages, I have also made recommendations on resources families can use to learn more and use with their children and grandchildren. To listen to any of these sermons, click on PAGES above and select “The God Who Is There.”

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Teaching & Study “The God Who Is There” Resources

    “The God Who Is There” Resources

    I have given some thought to the value of having a balanced and readily accessible set of resources on the existence of God.
    - Allows the preacher, teacher and student of the Word to give an answer (with documentation) both to seekers and to critics to the Faith (1 Peter 3:15).
    - Makes it possible to more accurately and persuasively strengthen the faith and equip believers.
    - Demonstrates integrity in having familiarized ourselves with, and accurately represented, the views on those on “the other side” (those promoting a strictly naturalistic, materialistic explanation).

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Teaching & Study “The God Who Is There” Series

    “The God Who Is There” Series

    A Dire Situation
    A great battle is now in progress in our American culture. It's a battle that has been going on for perhaps half a century now. Unfortunately the spiritual forces opposing belief in God and all that comes with it have been winning this battle.
    At present we wonder why we are seeing the majority of our own youth abandoning their faith as they leave home. Perhaps it is because they have no deep conviction about the existence of God [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Library Teaching & Study Free Book on Jerusalem

    Free Book on Jerusalem

    In doing a recent series of lessons on the city of Jerusalem throughout the Bible, I cast a wide net to find resources of a historical, geographical, and archeological nature concerning this great city in the Old and New Testaments. One very valuable resource has been a free (for download) 250 page book written by Galyn Wiemers from Entitled, "Jerusalem: History, Archeology and Apologetic Proof of Scripture," it contains over 500 photos, maps and charts along with much explanatory text. [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Preaching Teaching & Study “Portraits of Jesus” Series Available

    “Portraits of Jesus” Series Available

    Without argument, more paintings, drawings, images and statues have been made of Jesus than of any other person who has ever lived! Early catacomb images pictured Him with short hair and clean-shaven. Western artists of the Middle Ages up until today give Him longer hair, a beard, and more Western European features. But the truth is, the eye-witness records do not give us one shred of evidence about his actual appearance. Why? The answer is not clear. But this is clear: the gospel writers were not interested in what He looked like – they wanted everyone to know what He WAS like!

    Read more →
  • Featured Articles Library Books That Changed My Thinking (4)

    Books That Changed My Thinking (4)

    Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words should be one of the most treasured books in any serious Bible student’s library. Among its many values: discover how challenging the translation process can be from Greek to English (and give Bible translators a break!) Newer expository dictionaries are now available, but once you learn to use Vine’s you can comfortably switch to one of them if you wish.

    Read more →