“Paul and  Empire:  Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society,” edited by Richard A. Borsley (Trinity Press International: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 1997

An anthology about the Roman Empire, ancient ideologies, and Pauline Christianity that brings together essays that support how Paul’s gospel and mission were set over against the Roman Empire rather than Judaism.  Essays that explode the belief that Paul is “a-political” and that his letters are concerned only with the transcendent dimension.  Directed towards scholars, ministers, and lay persons, he book probes into the religious propaganda and patronage systems of imperial Rome and provides the basis for a new  focus in Pauline studies.  It is written by a leading social historian of the ancient world and early Christianity and places Paul and Christianity into a broader historical and ideological contexts.

Paul and the Gospels —

Flavius Josephus and Jesus — Parish & The Black Church  —

Alberta Parish discusses 

Who was Flavius Josephus – An extraordinary version of why and how and who wrote the four gospels …

an origin of Christianity different from the New York Times bestselling author of “Misquoting Jesus” – Bart D Ehrman, author of “Forged (Writing in the name of God – Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are” (HarperCollins: New York) 2011

Kersey Graves, “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors.” (2007 – first published in 1875)

Bart D Ehrman, “Forged: Writing in the Name of God – Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.

Publisher:  “In Forged, leading Bible authority Bart D Ehrman exposes one of he most unsettling ironies of the early Christian tradition: the use of deception to establish the truth.  With the scholarly expertise and provocative claims for which he’s known, Ehrman reveals which texts were forged in the name of Jesus’ disciples and considers how the deceptions of an unnamed few have prevailed for centuries.  The untold story of widespread forgery in the ancient world sheds new light on how documents of scandalous origin became part of the Bible we have today.” 

A commentary on another of Ehrman’s books, “Jesus Interrupted,” stated:  “For more than a few folks, Interrupted will be a grenade tossed into their tidy living rooms of religious faith.”  —  The Boston Globe



About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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