"One of the greatest strengths of Wilson's book is that it reveals the extent of our ignorance about the origins of Christianity" (Karen Armstrong The Times
"Characteristically clever and urbane, informed and entertaining" (Daily Telegraph
"[Wilson] has read widely and exhaustively, and it is particularly strong on the political and historical background. He writes vividly and well and brings his novelist's gift to bear what is, in part, a detective story" (Sunday Times
"Brilliant...his knowledge of the first century AD is prodigous" (Spectator
"A.N. Wilson - novelist, ex-Anglican and unrepentant agent provocateur
- spares no pious blushes in his new study of Saint Paul. His theory is stated in confrontational style but elegantly and accessibly put... This book is designed to raise eyebrows, but its resounding success at translating high-minded and often opaquely phrased ecclesiastical debate into a popular format should be applauded" (Independent
From the Publisher
Jesus was no Christian, and his friends made no effort to break away from Jesus's religion, Judaism. What we call Christianity began with a Jew from Eastern Turkey known to the world as Paul of Tarsus.