Tabors entire thesis that paul transformed christianity is based on two assumptions that paul had a mysterious three year experience in the sinai however as one who claims to be a historian he makes far too many leaps of judgement to allow this work to be seen as a new era in historical jesus scholarship. Paul is the shadow behind all four of the gospels and the key light illuminating the empty tomb stories a main source of revelation when there was no core understanding of jesus like paul the founder scholars also tend to shy away from referring to paul as a second christ though tabor makes clear that paul understood the mission of christ as a two stage plan. 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 todaythis fascinating examination of the earliest years of christianity reveals how the man we call st paul shaped christianity as we know it today. The very readable james tabor stated my quandary directly with this one sentence in his introduction to paul and jesus how the apostle transformed christianity although he calls himself the least and the last he is keen to make the point that his own revelations directly from the heavenly christ are more significant than anything jesus taught in his earthly life and thus supersede the experiences of the other apostles. What was pauls view of jesus pauls thought concerning jesus work as opposed to jesus person is much clearer god according to paul sent jesus to save the entire world as noted above paul paid special attention to jesus death and resurrection his death in the first place was a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of everyone
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