History of the Origins of Christianity. Book III. Saint Paul.
by Ernest Renan
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This book belongs to a seven-volume series, the first of which, Life of Jesus, is the
most famous (or infamous). Saint Paul, the third volume, covers the life, conversion,
missionary journeys, and death of Paul the Apostle. Comparing the events documented
in the Book of Acts to other ancient sources, the historian concludes that the dates
and places mentioned in Acts are historically accurate. Renan’s account reflects his
background in 19th century German higher criticism of the Bible.