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Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity | [James D. Tabor]

Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity

Historians know virtually nothing about the two decades following the crucifixion of Jesus, when his followers regrouped and began to spread his message. During this time the man we know as the apostle Paul joined the movement and began to preach to the gentiles. Using the oldest Christian documents that we have - the letters of Paul - as well as other early Christian sources, historian and scholar James Tabor reconstructs the origins of Christianity.
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Historians know virtually nothing about the two decades following the crucifixion of Jesus, when his followers regrouped and began to spread his message. During this time the man we know as the apostle Paul joined the movement and began to preach to the gentiles.

Using the oldest Christian documents that we have - the letters of Paul - as well as other early Christian sources, historian and scholar James Tabor reconstructs the origins of Christianity. Tabor reveals that the familiar figures of James, Peter, and Paul sometimes disagreed fiercely over everything from the meaning of Jesus' message to the question of whether converts must first become Jews. Tabor shows how Paul separated himself from Peter and James and introduced his own version of Christianity, which would continue to develop independently of the gospel message that Jesus, James, and Peter preached.

Paul and Jesus gives us a new and deeper understanding of Paul as it illuminates the fascinating period of history when Christianity was born out of Judaism and became the religion we recognize today.

©2012 James D. Tabor (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Highly recommended to all interested in the historic roots of Christianity, whether or not they are believers. After Tabor, you will never read the NT in quite the same way." (Library Journal Starred Review)

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    James United States 01-29-13
    James United States 01-29-13
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    If you could sum up Paul and Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    InformativeInsightfulEnlightening


    Any additional comments?

    As an author myself, I understand the intense desire to get a very important idea across to my readers. I have seen many writers start with an idea that they think is provable but by the end of their work they have steered off of the track and forgotten the entire purpose of their work.

    This is not the case with this monumental work that James has penned here. He masterfully executes his attempt to expose Paul and what he has done to the world.

    When I wrote my book, Leaving Jesus, I wanted to spend more time on Paul and his twisting of the Old Testament. I felt that I had done a good job in revealing what Paul had done but James ups the ante and peels away the layers of the Apostle Paul to uncover the problems with Paul's writings and actual thought processes.

    James expertly draws on his previous writing to paint a portrait of Paul that is clear and vivid. Starting with Paul's twisting of Scripture and concepts he then transverses through his social interactions with the disciples. James spends much time on the way that Paul thought about and behaved toward James, the brother of Jesus.I thought I had understood Paul but by the time I was finished with "Paul and Jesus", I felt like I had met him.

    This is the book that I wanted to write myself but thanks to James D. Tabor I didn't have to do so. James has made it easy to understand Paul and along the way, Jesus, the misunderstood first century Jewish Rabbi who's teachings are buried deep inside the New Testament overpowered by Paul's lies and tricks.

    Thanks James for treading where few chose to travel, for not getting lost along the way and for returning to us with truth that will free many others.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William James 07-04-15

    Dare to dream...

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    "A TWISTED DESCEPTION FROM A LIBERAL HERETIC"

    Jamed D. Tabor is a heretic. Worse, he is deceiving the unlearned. Jamed D. Tabor has gone out of his way to create strife in the Gospel where there is none. I listenes for six minutes and caught him twisting the scripture, making false statements, claiming the scripture says so and so, but if you pause when he makes a claim and check the scriptures that he quotes, you will see that Jamed D. Tabor is sewing false accuzations.

    In the first two minutes of the audiobook, Jamed D. Tabor claims that christian faith does NOT come from Jesus, or Peter, or any other apostle, but only from Paul. Jamed D. Tabor claims that Paul created christianity, and Paul is the most influential person in history, NOT Jesus.

    Jamed D. Tabor claims that the doctrin of; Christ is God, born in the flesh, comes from Paul, but Jamed D. Tabor obviously ignores first Chapter of John. Jamed D. Tabor rambles on in his dark world of make believe to blaspheme the Holy Shriptures, and God with his deceptions.

    The innocent, or an uneducated christian, or the pagan will be risking damnation by accepting this dark work as enlightened truth. There is a special place in hell for those who deceive and mislead those who are seeking salvation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 04-28-15
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    Professor Tabor has been studying the works and philosophy of Paul for over 30 years. In straightforward prose and with a well-thought-out thesis, he describes the impact Paul's few letters have had not only on Christianity but on the whole of Western thought through the ages.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John C. Butler South Williamsport, PA, US 04-06-15
    John C. Butler South Williamsport, PA, US 04-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Paul and Jesus better?

    an accuracy of description...liberal theology is nothing but intellectual unbelief


    What could James D. Tabor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    take a stand somewhere...no conviction of truth is involved here


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robertson Dean?

    narrator was pleasant


    What character would you cut from Paul and Jesus?

    Tabor!


    Any additional comments?

    can I get a refund?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 12-28-12
    Eric 12-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "an extraordinary teaching and interpretation of wh"
    Would you listen to Paul and Jesus again? Why?

    i did listen already more than 10 times and every time i get a deeper understanding of what happened to him... wher this people craizzi or just religious nuts?.. and what about us?!...
    (excuse azny missplling, thanks)


    What did you like best about this story?

    That according to what i understood, there is SALVATION for all humanity, if there is such a thing...
    Looks like there is no GOD as the bible teaches. So what do we suppose to believe in?!
    May be is a choice, i think is better to belive after all, even if the Bible is not a perfect book and in fact written and edited by men, still gave a good message.

    Now let me say this: in The Jesus Dynasty, according to James D. Tabor, Jesus's father could not had been God, but a man: Mary's husband, (Joseph), or a jew roman soldier by the name of Panthera....in the "Jesus Discovery Tomb", James d Tabor believes Paul's understanding or teachings of the resurrection of JesusChrist as a LifeGivenSpirit..
    Now in the "Paul and Jesus" book, James D. Tabor seems to belive that Paul invented the whole thing ....
    I can not wait to get my mind into what is comming next... please make it happend before we all get cot up in the air...


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    excellent, better that James d Tabor, performance reading "The Jesus Dynasty". But i enjoy
    it his writting, also the "Jesus Discovery"... excellent work!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoy it..


    Any additional comments?

    i'm waitting for the next production

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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