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Historical Paul

F.C. Baur, the Nosferatu of New Testament Critical Studies?

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Over the last few decades, whenever the notion of a harmonious Christian beginning has been challenged, there seems to have been a readily available "how-to-manual" defense against this perspective.

How The Apostle Paul Transformed Christianity

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Paul is the "shadow behind all four of the Gospels" and the key light illuminating the Empty Tomb stories, a main source of revelation when there was no core understanding of Jesus.

Who Was The Apostle Paul's Thorn?

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

For centuries, Scholars have debated Paul's mysterious "barb." It has been the source of much speculation, including Paul's lusts, sexual preference or physical ailments, including malaria and eye disease.

Jesus, Paul, Sex And Family Values

Robert Orlando | Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

How has Christianity come to be understood as the harbinger of traditional family values? Why do political parties still invoke Jesus as leader of these traditional ideas, when He, Paul and the other apostles never embraced them?

Paul And The Ghost Of Christian Past

Robert Orlando | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

During this holiday season, let's remember that ghostly sources are valued for how they help others. Messages from other worlds that lose sight of this are not a worthy source for peace on earth and goodwill to men.

A New Narrative For Paul And The Early Church?

Robert Orlando | Posted 02.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Orlando

The Apostle Paul was, for much of his life, and abject failure who never knew the success of his Christianizing mission. And yet, Paul was incredibly talented in one key measure: being divisive.

The Search For The Historical Paul: How To Read The Letter's Of Paul

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

The only way to understand a letter not intended for you is to imagine its narrative. What, then, is the story behind Paul's Letter to Philemom?

The Search for the Historical Paul: What Paul Thought About Women

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

The historical Paul is being pulled -- kicking and screaming -- away from Christianity's radical past and into Christianity's Roman future. As with owner and slave so also with male and female.