Ever since I first seriously read the New Testament I have had the feeling that there was a massive difference between the gospel that Jesus preached and the gospel that Paul preached. I eventually came to the personal conclusion that St Paul, having failed in his attempt to curb the spread of Christianity by force, became a fifth columnist within the nascent movement spreading spurious doctrines, which would cause disharmony, in an attempt to destroy it from within. This sounds like fantasy, so I kept the thought to myself. Now it seems that perhaps I was not so far off the mark as I thought, as James Tabor gives compelling evidence in this book, "Paul & Jesus", that Paul most certainly was at odds with the other apostles who had in fact known Jesus and knew what Jesus' gospel was. The amicable division of Paul to the Gentiles and the other apostles for the Jews is, according to Tabor, a complete fallacy and he convincingly shows that there was more than a little animosity between them, Paul even considering them "satanic". How Christianity would have developed without Paul's gospel, which was considered heretical by the Jerusalem apostles, is anybody's guess. If it had survived it would have certainly been more Jewish in outlook. This is a fascinating, well researched and convincing explanation of how Christianity as we know it today is wholly a product of Paul's gospel, which was quite different from the gospel preached by Jesus and the apostles who knew him. Christianity as we know it today is essentially a heresy !
If you are serious about knowing the truth behind Chrsitianity .... read this book !