The Apostle Paul and Melvin

For those of you who didn't catch it, The Apostle to the Gentiles was the topic of conversation in Radio 4's 'In our Time'. You can listen online or download the podcast.  I confess to being slightly disappointed with the discussion.  John Barclay and Helen Bond did their best, but were not helped by the kinds of questions that Melvin Bragg wanted to ask, nor by the fact that the other participant, John Haldane, a philosopher, opened up the conversation by introducing categories for interpreting Paul that are less than clear or helpful (from the perspective of NT scholarship at any rate). Anyway, something is better than nothing, and the programme helped me wile away pleasant brisk walk around the park the other evening.