Greetings, my fellow water swiggers!

Ol’ Robbo, was chatting with the Mothe on what we like to call the puh-telephone over the weekend , as is his custom, when the subject of Peter and Paul came up, specifically one’s comfort with the former and difficulty with the latter.

This put me in mind of a book recommendation made by long time friend of the carafe Mink Monica that has been lurking in the back of what passes for ol’ Robbo’s brain for some weeks now.  Specifically, Monica suggested, nay, insisted that I really need to read this:  Paul Among the People, The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time, by Sarah Ruden.  As I understand it, Ruden’s goal is to put Paul in his historickal context, the better to understand the passion and urgency of his writing that gives some folks the heebie-jeebies.  Not, I believe, to try and dilute or soft-pedal the substance, as many people nowadays no doubt would wish, but instead to provide some backdrop for the way in which Paul serves it up.

The older I get, the less I believe in coincidence.  Taking the Mothe’s mention of the topic as a cue, I’ve now nipped over to the devil’s website and purchased a copy of the book.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve got my hooks into it.