By Kamal Salibi
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1992
This ebook is a unprecedented and provocative clarification of 1 of history's nice unsolved mysteries: who - or what - used to be Jesus?
Very little is understood in regards to the lifetime of Jesus. The gospels have been written to propagate a picture of Jesus because the prophesied Messiah, and provides few info of his lifestyles. in addition, lots of the basic tenets of Christianity aren't derived at once from the gospels yet from the lessons of St Paul. among and certainly inside those assets there are baffling inconsistencies.
This publication seeks, so far as attainable to discover the old determine of Jesus, and to discover what it used to be approximately his educating that created a devoted and capable following that propagated a faith in his identify. It additionally lines the lifestyles and teachings of St Paul, asks what Paul knew of the fellow, Jesus, and means that there can have been a conspiracy among Paul and Peter to disseminate a selective and distorted photograph of Jesus' existence, personality and instructing.
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Extra info for Who Was Jesus?: Conspiracy in Jerusalem
God knows that I am not lying! Afterwards I went to places in Syria and Cilicia. At that time the members of the churches in Judaea did not know me personally. They knew only what others were saying. Paul had good reason to swear to the truth of what he said here, because the Jerusalem apostles were circulating a different account of the start of his apostolic career – one in which they falsely gave themselves, or at least a man of their party (see below), the major credit for introducing Paul to the new faith.
If he had already gained the information he needed for his apostleship during his Arabian visit, why did he finally decide to go to Jerusalem? According to Paul himself, the purpose of his visit to Jerusalem at the time was to 'know' (historeo, freely rendered in GNB as 'obtain knowledge from', but more correctly in AV as 'see') Peter – to have a succession of meetings with him and discover what sort of person he really was. Had he needed 'information' from Peter, he would have gone to seek it immediately after his conversion, or following his trip to Arabia, not three years after the start of his preaching career.
No indeed! And I tell you that if you do not turn from your sins, you will die as they did . While it is difficult to establish exactly what Jesus could have meant by this oblique statement, it does seem to 44 Conspiracy in Jerusalem indicate that he was not much concerned with the manner in which Romans punished Jewish pgitators. On the other hand, the Gospels speak of Jesus as being especially hostile to Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee (Mark 8:15). In fact, they depict Jesus as the target of a conspiracy by the partisans of the tetrarch, called the Herodians, who were reportedly in league with the Jewish Pharisees against him (Matthew 22:16; Mark 3:6; 12:13).