Paul Was Not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle

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Pamela Eisenbaum, an expert on early Christianity, reveals the true nature of the historical Paul in Paul Was Not a Christian. She explores the idea of Paul not as the founder of a new Christian religion, but as a devout Jew who believed Jesus was the Christ who would unite Jews and Gentiles and fulfill God s universal plan for humanity. Eisenbaum s work in Paul Was Not a Christian will have a profound impact on the way many Christians approach evangelism and how to better follow Jesus s and Paul s teachings on how to live faithfully today. Paul is not the founder of Christianity or a zealous convert from Judaism, as is often claimed. Nor did he contend that Jesus superseded the Torah. Paul, Eisenbaum persuasively argues, remained a devout Jew who believed Jesus would unite Jews and Gentiles and fulfill God's universal plan for humanity. Meticulously researched and far-reaching in its implications, this is a much-needed corrective to misconceptions held by Christians and Jews, liberals and conservatives, alike.

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The True Identity of the Bible's Most Divisive ApostlePaul is not the founder of Christianity....

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Pamela Eisenbaum's Paul Was Not a Christian is a clear and effective presentation and extension of the view. . . that Paul remained fully identified with Judaism and the Torah throughout his life. . . It will repay careful reading by interested layfolk and by scholars as well.--Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Jewish Theological Seminary, UC Berkeley

"According to traditional teachings, Paul rejected his Judaism for the new, improved version: Christianity. Bible scholar Pamela Eisenbaum says this interpretation of Paul is not only wrong, it's dangerous."--Interfaith Voices

"Paul was not a Christian is well worth careful reading. It is a serious and very clear exposition of what changed and what stayed the same in Paul's religious life. This book is very highly recommended to both scholars and laypersons as all will gain from it."--Alan F. Segal, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Barnard College, Columbia University, Author of Paul the Convert

Eisenbaum's is one of a few important voices drawing our attention . . . to the continuing tensions and contradictions in Christian readings of Paul . . . This book does more than challenge and inform: it changes the way we think about Paul [and] the origins of Christian faith.--Neil Elliott, Author of Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle

"Professor Eisenbaum offers the general reader the most realistic first-century portrayal of the Apostle Paul ever written."--Jewish Book World

"In this provocative book, biblical scholar Eisenbaum points out that the traditional Christian portrait of Paul as a former Jew . . . is a misreading of Paul's life and religious work . . . Eisenbaum's lively prose and meticulous scholarship provides a compelling new portrait of the apostle. "--Publishers Weekly

Eisenbaum shows the implausibility of the common interpretation of Paul that pits a Christian essence against a superficial or rejected Jewish hull. The book s great accomplishment is to show us a historically plausible picture of a fully Jewish Paul who was also fully committed to Christ.--Dr. Stanley Stowers, Chair of Religious Studies, Brown University, and author of A Rereading of Romans: Justice, Jews and Gentiles"

Eisenbaum s is one of a few important voices drawing our attention . . . to the continuing tensions and contradictions in Christian readings of Paul . . . This book does more than challenge and inform: it changes the way we think about Paul [and] the origins of Christian faith.--Neil Elliott, Author of Liberating Paul: The Justice of God and the Politics of the Apostle"

Pamela Eisenbaum s Paul Was Not a Christian is a clear and effective presentation and extension of the view. . . that Paul remained fully identified with Judaism and the Torah throughout his life. . . It will repay careful reading by interested layfolk and by scholars as well.--Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Jewish Theological Seminary, UC Berkeley"

Paul was not a Christian is well worth careful reading. It is a serious and very clear exposition of what changed and what stayed the same in Paul s religious life. This book is very highly recommended to both scholars and laypersons as all will gain from it. --Alan F. Segal, Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies Barnard College, Columbia University, Author of Paul the Convert"

In this provocative book, biblical scholar Eisenbaum points out that the traditional Christian portrait of Paul as a former Jew . . . is a misreading of Paul s life and religious work . . . Eisenbaum s lively prose and meticulous scholarship provides a compelling new portrait of the apostle. --Publishers Weekly"

Professor Eisenbaum offers the general reader the most realistic first-century portrayal of the Apostle Paul ever written. --Jewish Book World"

According to traditional teachings, Paul rejected his Judaism for the new, improved version: Christianity. Bible scholar Pamela Eisenbaum says this interpretation of Paul is not only wrong, it s dangerous. --Interfaith Voices"

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