Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, “Paul: A Critical Life” and “Paul: His Story”

I read the beginning and end of the latter, which is a distillation of the former.   Just these notes:  The author is a fan of Paul; he’s critical of Luke’s reliability and Timothy’s performance as a leader.  I read the beginning and end because I think that these are the parts of Paul’s life that are not really covered in scripture.  He sees Paul’s family as originally Galilean and relocated to Tarsus; he believes that the mission to Spain failed because Paul didn’t speak the inhabitants’ language (including Latin).