Magazine April 5, 2010, Issue

Paul, to the Life

Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time, by Sarah Ruden (Pantheon, 214 pp., $25)

Sarah Ruden is a poet and translator steeped in the literature of classical Greece and Rome. Her superb translation of The Aeneid was published in 2008 by Yale University Press; she’s also translated the Homeric Hymns, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, and the Satyricon of Petronius. Her new book, Paul Among the People, is a sustained rebuke to lazy projections of modern sensibilities onto the ancient world. And yet Ruden is an effective apologist for Paul precisely because she well understands his cultured despisers, whose prejudices she shared not so long ago:

The last thing I expected my Greek and Latin to be of

John Wilson is a contributing editor for The Englewood Review of Books.

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Paul, to the Life

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Country Life

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Letters

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The (Lost) Federalist Papers

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