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The author of The Jesus Dynasty reconstructs the origins of Christianity, revealing how the man we call St. Paul shaped the religion as we know it today.

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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.

"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

"Robertson Dean's smooth, even presentation provides a pleasant listening experience." ---Library Journal Audio Review
Library Journal Review

Paul and Jesus

How the Apostle Transformed Christianity

Author James D. Tabor

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Publication date Nov 26, 2012

Running time 9 hrs

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