As one of the most prolific writers of the Bible and a major leader in the formation of the early church, Saint Paul is often considered the greatest influencer after Jesus in the history of Christianity. He also remains one of the more controversial figures--celebrated by some for his work in spreading the Christian message and criticized by others for promoting what they consider to be a lofty, complex version of it. What we do know, however, is that Paul played an unarguably significant role in the growth of the church, bringing Jesus's message far beyond previous reach.
In this companion title to its well-established forerunner In the Steps of Jesus, Peter Walker uses his expertise in biblical studies and his extensive experience leading tours around the Mediterranean to bring the world of Saint Paul vividly to life. Following Luke's account in the Book of Acts as well as evidence from Paul's own letters, Walker reconstructs the apostle's wide-ranging travels and describes the many places Paul visited as readers would encounter them today. In doing so, he brings to light the issues that Paul confronted in the growing church and helps readers understand the motivation that drove Paul to continue his mission. Enriched with maps, street plans, timelines, and boxed features highlighting special topics of interest, In the Steps of Saint Paul is an ideal introduction to Paul and his travels for scholars and history enthusiasts at all levels of study.