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Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle

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Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle 

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Pages crisp and clear with tight binding. Some wear to dust jacket. Light browning. See images

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  • Format - Hardback
  • Pages - 318

  

Synopsis

Paul Was Not a Christian is a ground-breaking work that systematically overturns both scholarly and popular conceptions held by Christians and Jews, liberals and conservatives alike. As Eisenbaum reveals, Paul is not the true founder of Christianity as is often claimed, nor does Paul understand Jesus Christ as having superseded the Torah and thereby replacing Judaism with Christianity. Although Paul unabashedly proclaimed his faith in Jesus, such proclamations were not inherently Christian, since no such religious category existed in Paul's time. Jesus, rather, represented the fulfilment of God's promise to Abraham that he would be a blessing to the nations. Eisenbaum's work reverses the image we have of Paul as a model for Christian conversion and greatly increases our understanding of both Judaism and Christianity. Provocatively argued and far-reaching in its implications, Paul Was Not a Christian is a much-needed corrective to the traditional portrait of Paul and his divisive legacy.

 

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