Saint Saul

Saint Saul

A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus

eBook - 2002
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This text offers a lively and provacative account of what we can learn about Jesus by reading the letters of Paul, providing fresh new insights to both Jesus and Paul.
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780199939718
Characteristics: 1 online resource (364 pages)


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Devin_Library Aug 05, 2009

Okay, so it ain't exactly light reading, but if you're even moderately chri-curious, you're in for an, err, revelation here. Donald Harman Akenson, a respected history professor at Queen's University, notes that the writings of St. Paul -- Christ's chief publicist -- are the best source we have to be able to get at the actual character of the historical Jesus, or Yeshua as he was known in his time. Akenson explains that, unlike the Gospels, which were subject to redaction and writing-by-committee, the letters of post-Damascus Saul are traceable to a single author writing just decades after Jesus's death. The letters themselves suggest that here was someone writing about somebody he actually knew. And that somebody was actually kind of remarkable.

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