Although "bid" is not as sharp "bribe" it was also not as accurate. Truth be told, at the heart of the life of the Apostle Paul there was not only a bribe, albeit a "polite" one, but actually an apostolic betrayal!
In a much overlooked description of 'the Essenes', attributed to the Third-Century Early Church theologian Hippolytus in Rome, there exists a completely original version of Josephus' famous description of them.
One way of sharpening this is to ask two questions that take us beyond Paul and back to Jesus. Is it historically probable that Jesus held a Last Supper with his disciples on the night before his death?
The notion that Christianity depends on "grace" and Judaism on "works" is a terribly unfortunate misunderstanding of Judaism. What divides Paul from Judaism is his insistence that God's justifying forgiveness is only extended to those who accept his Christ faith.
The hype in America and abroad over "jihad" has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to explore how forms of "jihad" are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at "jihad" in Christian and Islamic texts.