A new vision of Paul's words and world Using new historical analysis and the latest archaeological discoveries, one of the world's eminent historical Jesus scholars and an expert in biblical archaeology spell out the top ten recent discoveries about the Apostle Paul. Did Paul invent Christianity? Did he reject Judaism and require that all Christians do so? Did he view all women as inferior to men and as second-class citizens? Did he accept the institution of slavery? Responding to these issues and many more, Crossan and Reed emphatically answer no and explain how Paul thought of himself as the thoroughly Jewish champion of the Jesus movement that expected the world to end imminently. The authors reveal how the historical Paul, like Jesus, focused on championing the kingdom of God - a world of justice and equality - against the dominant powers of the Roman world.
JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN is professor emeritus of religious studies at DePaul University, Chicago, and the author of several best-selling books including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography and Excavating Jesus (SPCK, 2001). JONATHAN L REED teaches New Testament and Christian Origins at La Verne College in California, and is a leading authority on first-century Palestine archaeology.
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