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Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus #2020

Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus By Donald Harman Akenson Saint Saul A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus The gospels scholars agree were written after the destruction of the Second Temple in CE This catastrophic event argues Donald Akenson forever altered the outlook and the agenda of the Christia
  • Title: Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus
  • Author: Donald Harman Akenson
  • ISBN: 9780195141573
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus By Donald Harman Akenson The gospels, scholars agree, were written after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE This catastrophic event, argues Donald Akenson, forever altered the outlook and the agenda of the Christian and Jewish faiths Of all the New Testament writings, only Paul s letters were composed before 70 CE Thus, Akenson says, they are the only direct evidence we have that iThe gospels, scholars agree, were written after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE This catastrophic event, argues Donald Akenson, forever altered the outlook and the agenda of the Christian and Jewish faiths Of all the New Testament writings, only Paul s letters were composed before 70 CE Thus, Akenson says, they are the only direct evidence we have that is untainted by this profound and lasting shift in perspective And yet this most important source on the life of Jesus is also the most neglected In Saint Saul, Akenson offers a lively and provocative account of what we can learn about Jesus by reading the letters of Paul, providing fresh new insights into both Jesus and Paul Akenson painstakingly recreates the world of Christ, a time rich with ideas, prophets, factions, priests, savants, and god drunk fanatics He insistently stresses throughout the Jewishness of Jesus for example, referring to Jesus and Paul as Yeshua and Saul, as they were then known Equally important, he dismisses the traditional method of searching for facts about Jesus by looking for parallels among the four gospels they were handed down to us as a unit by a later generation, he argues Saul, although he did not know Yeshua personally, knew his most important followers, and wrote immediately after Yeshua s death Saul s teachings were approved though sometimes reluctantly by Yeshua s brothers and other early leaders As an eminent historian, Akenson approaches his subject with a fresh eye and a scholarly rigor that is all too rare in this hotly disputed field The result is a vibrantly written and provocative book that will captivate anyone seeking to know about the historical Jesus and the earliest Christians.
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    1. Donald Harman Akenson

      From book The United States and Ireland 1973 Donald Harman Akenson teaches history at Queen s University in Kingston, Ontario He was born in Minneapolis, took his degrees at Yale and Harvard, and taught and held administrative positions at both of those universities He is the author of The Irish Education Experiment 1970 The Church of Ireland 1971 and Education and Enmity The Control of Schooling in Northern Ireland 1973.

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    1. The writer seeks through an analysis of everything known about Paul to create a skeleton key to unlock the historical Jesus But the author forgets or ignores one thing that undermines his thesis from the start Paul knows not Jesus This lack of recognition led Alvin Boyd Kuhn to title one the chapters of his work Who is this King of Glory, The Shout of Paul s Silence If Paul were speaking about an historical Jesus Christ, his descriptions of his visits to Jerusalem would have been entirely differ [...]


    2. Easily the BEST book on the historical Jesus I ve ever read and as a once upon a time grad student in theology, I read quite a few Akenson is a genuinely delightful writer, electrifying the scholarship he surveys Saint Saul is deliberately impartial as to matters of faith, but brims with zest and acid wit His take on the Jesus Seminar is side splitting, which to say the least is a compliment one rarely pays to works on Christology.


    3. Short on scholarship, long on coprolite polishingI really wanted to like this book, after seeing it at the local library And parts of it, upon review, I do above all, Akenson s critique of the latest version of the search for the historic Jesus, especially as conducted by most of the fellows of the Jesus Seminar.But, at the same time, Akenson gets a LOT wrong in this book and, at the risk of concern trolling for academics, I suggest that he might reconsider jumping from history to biblical studi [...]


    4. More arrogant than erudite If there is a point to make, he takes as long as the exile to get to it, constantly quibbling over mundane trivialities along the way I really wanted to like this book and was so excited to read it, but in the end it was a huge disappointment It seemed nothing than an extended and pedantic troll of the Jesus Seminar to me.


    5. Saint Saul A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus was yet another unplanned rescue from Half Price Books I grabbed a like new copy of Bart Ehrman s latest book, Forged Writing in the Name of God Why the Bible s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, too This book by Donald Harman Akenson is a marvelously detailed and compellingly argued assessment of what we think we know and what little we can hope to know about the early years of what became Christianity Akenson reminds us that the only source [...]


    6. Opened up a whole world to me, the historical context of the christ fella, what was going on around him and would have influenced his development Saul Paul is revealed as the gospel writer who lived most closely to this time he didn t know Jesus, but he knew his brother He is a great character in his own right rite Akenson effectively portrays the man as a conflicted, complex man, a seeker, whose gospel is most reflective of the mood and realities of the times This got to be hard work by about t [...]


    7. I m not a student I enjoy reading books about historical eras that I like, although this is not really one of them The book was very well written but the writing style was rather academic It was full of words I had never seen before I spent a lot of time looking things up in the built in dictionary on my Kindle There were also a lot of words the dictionary had never seen before I have a very large vocabulary, so finding words that even the dictionary had never seen before was rather funny He als [...]


    8. Akenson offers a fairly straight forward Christian premise, but one coming from a secular liberal tradition that is quite astounding Paul offers a better glimpse of the historical Jesus than the gospels or other writings Because Paul is writing from a pre 70 i.e before the destruction of the temple time period, he has not been effected by the theological cataclysm that all other New Testament writers have Akenson s book is a fantastic secular or historical critique of the Quest for the Historica [...]


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