Saint Paul: Life, Epistles, and Teaching
Describing the environment into which Saul was born—his education, his conversion before Damascus, and his subsequent journeys—Bock’s study gives a truly spiritual dimension to Paul’s background, offering a deeper understanding of this great Christian and his teaching.
Above all he shows that Paul was the apostle who carried Christianity beyond the Jewish communities and to humanity as a whole. As a zealous Jew, Paul had been convinced he was serving the coming Messiah through his persecution of Jesus’s followers, but when the light suddenly came to him near Damascus, his innermost being was opened to a new truth.
In his epistles, Paul shows that the time of the Law of Moses had run its course and that conscience as “inner jurisdiction” was now supposed to replace the externally imposed rules and commandments of Mosaic and Judaic laws.
About the Author
Emil Bock (1895–1959) was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1895. He studied German and modern languages at the University of Bonn and, after joining the army, was wounded at the war front in Flanders. In 1916, while still in the army, he met the famous evangelical preacher, Friedrich Rittelmeyer, in Berlin. After his release from the military, he studied Protestant theology in Berlin and later attended priest courses with Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart and Dornach. With Rittelmeyer, Bock helped establish the Christian Community (the movement for religious renewal) in 1922 and soon became its leader, a position he held until his death. In November, 1922, Bock married Grete Seumer, with whom he had four children. He remained a priest, writer, and lecturer until his death in Stuttgart. Bock’s many books include Genesis; Moses; Kings and Prophets; Caesars and Apostles, The Three Years; Saint Paul; and The Childhood of Jesus.
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