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The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul

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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, eventuall ...more
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Published December 3rd 2012 by Signature Books
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Justin Powell
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is Price's best work to date, with the exception of his Pre-Nicene New Testament. This book should be partnered with Bultmann's Synoptic Tradition as it's in the same style of criticism. Dismantling point by point the apologetic's of Pauline theology and modern thinking. This book leaves no foundation for the character of Paul to stand on, and in my opinion, shows there never was a Paul that required a foundation to stand on. ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bob Price again explores, from a very questioning, often cynical, and mostly very learned, perspective, the history of the early years and traditions of what was to become christianity as we know it (though most believers from many sects don't quite "know" it). Always entertaining in the midst of his very dense, serious scholarship, Bob continues here to challenge the often simplistic orthodox understandings of "scripture." Here, he discusses the many sources (most of which were NOT related to t ...more
Mario Sergio
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Como todo livro de Robert M Price este também desfila um colossal, como no título da obra, conhecimento do autor sobre os escritos do cristianismo primitivo. Até parece que o autor quer mostrar expertise para seus pares ou até mesmo para os leigos como nós. O livro é duro de se ler, ainda mais se você não está lendo em sua língua nativa, mas é obviamente um trabalho sério e vale o esforço.

O trabalho fundamentalmente se divide em duas partes: na primeira Price expõe suas ideias sobre os escritos
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Jesus, so Paul

Where Price's earlier book on the Christ-myth theory was somewhat haphazard in presentation, he has given a thoroughly cohesive, even exhaustive, case in kind here for the apostle Paul. Put simply, he argues that it is likely that Paul was a literary persona used by early Christians, Marcionite and Catholic alike, to give authority to the doctrines they promoted. Eventually, due to the popularity of Paul among Marcionites, Catholics co-opted writings attributed to him by "correc
Nathan Nadeau
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I disagree with Price on a *lot* I wanted to give this three stars due to editing and some footnoting errors and I think a little rhetoric in place of rigour.

But, Price's charm and honesty give it a four. Interesting to say the least
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Price writes in a thorough scholarly manner, therefore this book is way above me.
Eric Wojciechowski
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very dense book. It's a graduate level study on Paul and the Epistles (canon and apocryphal). Price name drops researchers and conclusions rapid fire to the point where I had to go back often to catch what was being discussed. I think the good Doctor forgets we're all not on the same level as himself and it would have been appreciated (although I acknowledge resulting in a much longer read) if Price would have paused on numerous occasions to give some more definitions, background and h ...more
Stephie Iris Williams
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good book. I was somewhat amazed at Price's “Amazing” scholarship. He has a great command of the texts from the Bible, extra-biblical, and other cultural sources. His premise is that none of the Pauline epistles were written by an historical Paul. Before reading the book I was under the impression that Price was going to show that there was no real Paul. But, whether or not there was one, he definitely did not write a single epistle. Price presents a great deal of evidence to support this ...more
Peter Stanbridge
Makes the Pauline and other letters/epistles come alive, but one can never think again that what we have here is the dictated instructions from god (of course, this is what the writer of Paul's writings thought, but not in the sense understood by us reading today completely biassed by the content of the gospels preceding them in the NT).

Basically, the book starts with an optimistic view of finding the real Paul, but the diabetic has us ending with a hopeless ever shrinking Paul until there is n
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Price makes a lot of interesting points about the identity of Paul. I'm not sure that I buy his final suggestion, but it is interesting. I appreciate that he makes clear that his final conclusion is speculation. Educated speculation, but still that.
I appreciate the he calls into question the identity of Paul and the authorship of all (yes, that's right) of the epistles. I never really did quite get the certainty that seemed to surround Paul.
Price is a strong writer and he can be very accessible
Andrew Lucas
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Useful book for investigating the inner workings and contradictions of Paul's letters in some detail. I'm not sure that Price lays out his argument effectively enough for me to follow him to his final conclusions. But that might be more a comment about me than the author. If you have 'The Pre-Nicene New Testament', the second half of the book is somewhat redundant, since it reproduces material already in that book. ...more
Charles K. MacKay
Paul Who?

A fascinating dissection of the Pauline texts, which leaves one convinced that we have little if any of the original Paul, if there was an original Paul. The texts appear, instead, as thoroughly Catholic products of the eventually triumphant proto-orthodox church in combat with the "heretics."
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Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer. He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, asserting the Christ myth theory.

A former Baptist minister, he was the editor of the Journal of Higher Criticism

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