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Jesus was no Christian, and his friends made no effort to break away from Jesus's religion, Judaism. What we call Christianity began with a Jew from Eastern Turkey known to the world as Paul of Tarsus.

Paul has had many detractors, believing him to be the originator of the Christian prejudice against women and homosexuals, or the bigoted theologue the message of Jesus. This book sees a different Paul, the first of the great romantic poets, the man who made the crucified Jesus his inner light and in so doing preserved the image of Christ the Saviour for posterity. `A. N. Wilson's admirable and compelling biography should encourage many to revise their view of the Apostle, if only because, despite its sound scholarship, it is destined to reach a wider audience than most learned studies. Wilson shows clearly that without Paul Christianity would have been impossible and, indeed, that the gospel portrait of Jesus has been so profoundly influenced by Paul's theology that it is impossible for us to separate the two. . . One of the great strengths of Wilson's book is that it reveals the extent of our ignorance about the origins of Christainity. 'Karen Armstrong, THE TIMES. `Characteristically clever and urbane, informed and entertaining. ' Edward Norman, DAILY TELEGRAPH `(Wilson)writes vividly and well and brings his novelist's gifts to bear on what is, in part, a detective story. `Anthony Howard, SUNDAY TIMES

Reviews

Characteristically clever and urbane, informed and entertaining.

Daily Telegraph

Wilson has read widely and exhaustively, and it is particularly strong on the political and historical background. He writes vividly and well and brings his novelist's gift to bear what is, in part, a detective story.

Sunday Times

Brilliant...his knowledge of the first century AD is prodigous.

Spectator Books of the Year

A.N. Wilson - novelist, ex-Anglican and unrepentant agent provocateur - spares no pious blushes in his new study of Saint Paul. His theory is stated in confessional style but elegantly and accessibly put...This book is designed to raise eyebrows, but its resounding success at the translating high-minded and often opaquely phrased ecclesiastical debate into a popular format should be applauded.

Independent

This is a splendidly readable book, and one which will find many readers.

Daily Telegraph

A.N. Wilson's admirable and compelling biography should encourage many to revise their view of the Apostle, if only because, despite its sound scholarship, it is destined to reach a wider audience than most learned studies. Wilson shows clearly that without Paul, Christianity would have been impossible and, indeed, that the gospel portrait of Jesus has been sp profoundly influenced by Paul's theology that it is impossible for us to separate the two...One of the greatest strengths of Wilson's book is that it reveals the extent of our ignorance about the origins of Christianity.

Karen Armstrong, The Times

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780712666633

    March 27, 1998

    Pimlico

    288 pages

    RRP $32.99

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