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From Jesus Mythicism to Paul Mythicism

Robert Price is one of the few (very few) credentialed scholars who doesn’t think Jesus existed. His work (and work put forth by others in the same vein) has been debunked by scholars ranging from the evangelical variety to atheists. I’ve blogged about that before. (For those interested, there was a specific response book put out years ago to Price’s Jesus mythicism called The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition).

Price has since moved on to arguing that Paul never existed. His views are set forth in his new book, The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul. The book was recently reviewed in two separate essays on the Society of Biblical Literature’s book review site. Readers are encouraged to read them. They make clear how idiosyncratic and presupposition-drive Price’s work is. In other words, like his Jesus mythicism, his Paul mythicism isn’t going to win many hearts and minds among scholars (people familiar with the data and scholarly methods). But you’ll hear all about it on the web from breathless bloggers and other amateurs.

 

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