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Brand new softcover book! ++ ; The story of Paul is one of irony, the New Testament depicting him at the martyrdom of Stephen holding the assassins cloaks. Then this same Paul is transformed into the biblical archetype for someone suffering for their faith. He becomes so entrenched, it would appear that he had walked with the Christians all his life, that he was the one who defined the faith, eventually being called the second founder of Christianity. But much of what we think we know about Paul comes from Sunday school stories we heard as children. The stories were didactic tales meant to keep us reverent and obedient.
As adults reading the New Testament, we catch glimpses of a very different kind of disciplea wild ascetic whom Tertullian dubbed the second apostle of Marcion and the apostle of the heretics. What does scholarship tell us about the enigmatic thirteenth apostle who looms larger than life in the New Testament? The epistles give evidence of having been written at the end of the first century or early in the secondtoo late to have been Pauls actual writings. So who wrote (and rewrote) them? F. C. Baur, a nineteenth-century theologian, pointed persuasively to Simon Magus as the secret identity of Paul. Robert M. Price, in this exciting journey of discovery, gives readers the background for a story we thought we knew.
; 6" x 9"; 561 pages; 156085216X