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The First Paul

Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon
Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
230 Pages


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 Paul before the redactors, Monday, April 20, 2009
By William Schatzabel

This was a well written book. That's a lot more than can be said for some books currently on the shelves. It was written to be read and understood, not to impress and confound. It tells of how the original intent of Paul, found in the accepted letters, was later changed to conform to the patriarchal society of first century Palestine and the Roman Empire. The reasons for doing this may have been done to allow for the continued growth of the early Church but the latter ramifications can be seen in the plight of women, slaves, and homosexuals. Early Pauline thought was modified to allow for the then current status of women and slaves. The thought of a thousand plus years of privilege and cruelty based partially on the modified writings of Paul, leaves me angry. I recommend it to anybody willing to see how the inspired word of the new testament was changed for convenience sake.

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