I have read many excellent books on the origins of Christianity but this is by far the best. It is well written, very readable and not too academic, although Barrie Wilson is obviously very familiar with the most recent research concerning the origins of the various documents which make up the Bible as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi documents. His wonderful book takes us on a fascinating journey, from the origins of the books in the Old Testament to the time of Jesus. He explains the mission of Jesus the Jew in the historical, religious, political and cultural context of Galilee and of Judea under Roman occupation. He then explains, through a comprehensive exploration of the books in the New Testament, how the teachings of Jesus the Jew were effectively hijacked by the Helennised, mystical teachings of Paul, most of which are diametrically opposite to the beliefs and teachings of Jesus. This books is a tour de force. It will upset a lot of Christians, particularly fundemantalits, who may conclude that they have been sold a lemon and should be shouting `Praise Paul' instead of `Praise Jesus'.