For eighteen years as Rylands Professor of New Testament Exegesis in the University of Manchester, F. F. Bruce delivered lectures on The Missionary Career of Paul in its Historical Setting. This book is the fruit of those lectures.
Paul's missionary activity is portrayed against the background of historical, social and political developments in the Roman Empire of the first century, and Paul's letters are studied within the context of his life and travels. Within this framework chapters dealing with aspects of Paul's theology are interspersed at relevant points.
Towards Baptist Catholicity contends that the reconstruction of the Baptist vision requires a retrieval of the ancient ecumenical traditions. Themes explored include catholic identity tradition as a theological category the relationship between Baptist confessions of faith and the patristic tradition the importance of Trinitarian catholicity catholicity in biblical interpretation Karl Barth as a paradigm for evangelical retrieval of the patristic theological tradition worship as a principal bearer of tradition and the role of Baptist higher education in shaping the Christian vision.