O relato da experiência missionária nas cartas de Paulo

Translated title of the contribution: The account of the missionary experience in Paul's letters

José Tolentino Mendonça*

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 Paul is a “crossroads” man: he lived and worked in different worlds, speaking different languages and experiencing different cultures in heterogeneous, not to say, contradictory, human and political locations. He acquired a presence, both physical and through his letters, in far-off places, until eventually his journeying terminated in Rome. By reflecting on the far from peaceful story of his life, we can classify him as a real “world-wide traveler” from the Ancient World. And this “nomadic” streak is clearly visible in his personality: free, alive, emotional, unpredictable, involved in conflicts and adventures of all kinds. Nonetheless, in the midst of so much moving about, the Apostle managed to find a basic point of unity for the architecture of his mission. In fact, Christian existence, according to Paul, is a metamorphic existence which is located creatively in the transformation brought by Christ.
Translated title of the contributionThe account of the missionary experience in Paul's letters
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)197-216
Number of pages20
JournalEstudios Biblicos
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Paul
  • Missionary experience
  • Christian identity
  • Universalism


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