Paul and Jesus How the Apostle Transformed Christianity

ISBN-10: 1439123322
ISBN-13: 9781439123324
Edition: N/A
Authors: James D. Tabor
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Description: In this “compulsively readable exploration of the tangled world of Christian origins” (Publishers Weekly), religious historian James Tabor illuminates the earliest years of Jesus’ teachings before Paul shaped them into the religion we know  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In this “compulsively readable exploration of the tangled world of Christian origins” (Publishers Weekly), religious historian James Tabor illuminates the earliest years of Jesus’ teachings before Paul shaped them into the religion we know today.Historians know virtually nothing about the two decades following the crucifixion of Jesus, when his followers regrouped and began to spread his message. It was during this period of time that 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 biblical sources, James Tabor reconstructs the origins of Christianity. The result is a fascinating examination of sharply competing ideas about the significance of Jesus and his teachings. Tabor boldly argues that the familiar figures of James, Peter, and Paul disagreed fiercely over everything from the meaning of Jesus’ message to the question of whether converts to the Jesus movement 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 preached to become the religion we know today.“One of the few books willing to push back assumptions…and give rise to new perspectives and stories” (Huffington Post), Paul and Jesus gives us a new and deeper understanding of Paul as it explores the fascinating period of history when Christianity became the religion we recognize today.

James D. Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989. He has previously held positions at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. He is the author of several previous books, includingThe Jesus Dynasty.nbsp; His first book was a study of the mysticism of the apostle Paul titledThings Unutterable(1986), based on his University of Chicago dissertation. The prestigiousJournal of Religionnamed it one of the ten best scholarly studies on Paul of the 1980s.Dr. Tabor's current research involves the newly released Dead Sea Scrolls; a recent excavation in which he participated (2000-01) at a newly discovered cave outside Jerusalem, which yielded primitive Jewish-Christian art related to St. John the Baptist -- a discovery that drew international attention, including a cover story inNewsweek. In addition, Dr. Tabor is often consulted by the national media, and has appeared of has been quoted inTime, Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times,ABC, CBS, and PBS "Frontline," among other outlets. He has also been featured in programs on A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and PBS.nbsp;He lives in Charlotte, NC.

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