Religion: Best-Selling Apostle

No. 4 best-seller on U.S. fiction lists last week was a religious book, The Apostle—Sholem Asch's dramatic portrayal of the life of one of the greatest Christian leaders, Paul of Tarsus.*

In The Apostle (Putnam; $3), famed Polish-born Novelist Sholem Asch has combined storytelling skill with historical accuracy and the sympathy of a deeply religious writer. In stature, The Apostle ranks with Asch's earlier work, The Nazarene (TIME, Oct. 23, 1939).

Asch's Paul is the brilliantly dynamic prophet and organizer of the early Christian Church. He was driven by an ineluctable faith, by visions...

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