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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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The Last Years

The Last Years

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Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

Paul's concern about his reception in Jerusalem is mentioned in his Letter to the Romans, the group that he needed to support him if he were to proceed to Spain. Luke described Paul's condition while he was incarcerated in Rome. The chapter speculates that in prison, however, it would have been difficult to receive visitors and make speeches such as those Luke attributes to Paul. The authenticity of the Three Pastoral Letters is also examined in this chapter. Paul was unsuccessful in Spain and returned to the Aegean and then to Rome, after Nero burned the Eternal City. Paul was beheaded in Rome—a manner of execution that is understood to imply that he was condemned by a regularly constituted court. The place of his execution and burial is not yet proven, but popular tradition tells that Paul's body was buried in Via Ostiense.

Keywords:   Jerusalem, Letters to the Romans, Spain, Luke, Three Pastoral Letters, Aegean, Nero, Via Ostiense

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