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The Fabricated Paul. Early Christianity In The Twilight.

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In theology and church Paul is regarded as the most important and most reliable historial witness to Jesus and early Christianity. This book nevertheless contradicts the common conception and shows that all the Pauline letters are in fact skillful falsifications from the second century.
The author solves the numerous unresolved questions that surround the figure and the wri
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Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published January 14th 2012
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Steven Williams
Feb 12, 2016 Steven Williams rated it really liked it
In this book Hermann Detering proposes that a historical Paul did not write any, of the Pauline letters of the New Testament, let alone that there was a historical Paul. The book reads smoother than Robert M. Price's book – The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul for which Price makes use of Detering's research. It has a more personal approach to begin with, and secondly seems less technical.

The scholarly concensus is that there is a core of authentic Pauline letters – R
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David
Oct 16, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Fascinating detective work; Bizarre conclusion

An absolutely fascinating look at why certain scholars (a minority of them, but still) claim that none of Paul's letters are authentic...and that maybe Paul didn't exist! You don't have to accept the author's out-there conclusion about Simon Magus in the last several chapters to find a lot of value in most of the book, where a lot of really obvious-in-retrospect inconsistencies in the letters crop up and demand explanation. Also, it's short, efficien
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James
Nov 20, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Detering is carrying the Dutch radical torch high in this one. Bordering on hyper skeptical at times, The Fabricated Paul pulls scholarship back from it's conservative roots. I initially awarded it 5 stars, but Detering is not that perfect. His conclusion is left wanting and some loose ends remain so. The empiricist in me wanted to give it 5, because of the importance of the book's achievement. Detering proves that scholars should at least answer the question, "Was Christianity birthed in ...more
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