Most scholars today would not really entertain the notion that Saul of Tarsus met the earthly Jesus before the Resurrection. But Stan Porter has a new book coming out reconsidering this possibility. It looks like a good read, but unfortunately at Cambridge prices – ask your library to get it!
Sidenote: I love these kinds of books and arguments, because they challenge assumptions that often carry on from one generation of scholarship to the next. Each generation has to re-grapple with Paul, and hopefully shed new light on his life and thought. Even though this is a relatively short book, it could stir up the “Jesus and Paul” conversation (a conversation, by the way, that is pretty stagnant).
Check it out