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.
Slavery stands as the single most contested issue in the history of biblical interpretation in the United States. What did slavery mean in the biblical world, and how did biblical authors respond to it?
Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle -- Peter, Paul, or James. In modern parlance, that is a lie.