Designed as a handbook for students, ministers, Sunday school teachers, and all laypersons. This book is a particularly valuable addition for anyone desiring a detailed study of the life of Paul. In this book we have a volume which does for the life of Paul what a harmony of the Gospels does for the life of Christ.
Goodwin endeavors to blend Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles with selections from the Pauline Epistles. Thus, Paul’s letters are treated as parallel or supplementary to Luke’s account. In harmonizing these writings, the intent is to treat only the biography of Paul; the dogmatic and ethical portions of his writings are generally omitted. Scriptural passages are accompanied by brief but copious notes and comments. An appendix is included containing comments relating to Paul’s speeches, the occasion of writing each Epistle, his trials, imprisonments and other matters which give clear insight into his personal life and character.
Frank J. Goodwin was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, in 1879 and later of Amherst College, in 1884. He received a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary before being called to the pastorate of the Congregational Church, Bloomfield, N.J.. There he served as their first pastor from 1888-1898. He was President of the Rhode Island Congregational Club from 1906-1908.