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1) The arrogant tone of Zuesse is very disturbing to read. He seems to have little spiritual foundation to approach the thesis with humility. He set out to write a book to shock the world, claiming that all theologians and scholars have missed what he writes in this book. I want to read about Christ's Ventriloquists, but when I saw Zuesse wants to be one of them, I wanted to throw up.
2) Zuesse promised to be unbiased in his analysis but his writing turned out to be extremely bias against the New Testament. For example, he would quote the OT text about circumcision without questioning it's validity or the author's motive, but he questioned the motive of Paul who interpreted circumcision in a different way; in fact, he didn't just question Paul, he wrote as if he is in Paul's mind. He implied that today's psychology allowed him to do it, but today's psychology also shows that you tend to project your own mind to others. Thus the only way to know Paul's evil motives require a person just like that. Is Zuesse writing about himself? There is a Burmese saying, "It takes a snake to see the legs of other snakes."
3) This book can misinform any reader that doesn't know the Bible well. By questioning the validity of certain books in the Bible and the authenticity of certain versions, Zuesse has created for himself the freedom to pick and choose whatever passage he wants and ignore the rest as invalid. What's the difference between Zuesse and the fundamentalists? The same cherry picking reductionism, only from the opposite dimensions.Read more ›
I was initially put off by repetitive arguments becoming shoe-pounding the table. However, I later worked through these arguments as the author's way of beating back 2,000 years of indoctrination. The points could have been established without te cumulative arguments perhaps with one more edits prior to publication. One is left with the impression that time pressures may have forced a premature release in these aspects.
I am yet unsatisfied with the author's statements about Jesus and what Jesus' reactions to Paul's gospel would be/have been. Those arguments need to be better laid out instead of, or in conjunction with, the repetitive arguments comparing Galatians and the other Pauline Epistles. Otherwise, I'm left using the author's methodology against those blanket statements. Basically, the reader is left to making sweeping inferences concerning what Jesus' positions would be or were, merely because Jesus was a Jew and, presumably, a strict adherent to Judaism. I would like to see those arguments better laid out and replacing some of the repetitive points about forensic methodology and the Galatians - remaining Pauline letters substantiations of the author's logic. Then, I could give a 5-star rating instead of a 3-1/2 - 4-star rating based solely on effort and workmanship.
Synopsis from the author: "Christ's Ventriloquists" is a work of investigative history. It documents and describes Christianity's creation-event, in the year 49 or 50, in Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey), 20 years after Jesus had been crucified in Jerusalem for sedition against Roman rule. On this occasion, Paul broke away from the Jewish sect that Jesus had begun, and he took with him the majority of this sect's members; he convinced these people that Jesus had been a god, and that the way to win eternal salvation in heaven is to worship him as such. Paul here explicitly introduced, for the first time anywhere, the duality of the previously unitary Jewish God, a duality consisting of the Father and the Son; and he implicitly introduced also the third element of the Trinity, the Holy Ghost.
This work also explains and documents the tortuous 14-year-long conflict Paul had had with this sect's leader, Jesus's brother James, a conflict that caused Paul, in about the year 50, to perpetrate his coup d'état against James, and to start his own new religion: Christianity.
Then, this historical probe documents that the four canonical Gospel accounts of the words and actions of "Jesus" were written decades after Jesus, by followers of Paul, not by followers of Jesus; and that these writings placed into the mouth of "Jesus" the agenda of Paul. Paul thus effectively became, via his followers, Christ's ventriloquist.
A work such as this can be documented and produced only now, after the development (during the past 70 years) of modern legal/forensic methodology.Read more ›
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First, a declaration of biases: I'm a former CBCTV investigative journalist turned media strategist—I freelanced for 'the fifth estate,' the CBC's flagship investigative show, from... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brendan Howley
This is an important work. Mr. Zuesse uses legal methodology to show that scholars are reporting only "desires" (due to bias, loc. Read morePublished 28 days ago by judaswasjames
Turgid repetitive. Could have used a slashing editor. Many of the arguments and observations were repeated what felt like dozens of times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Laudig
An excellent analysis that is promising and applicable to not only the subject matter at hand, the start of Christianity, but to other areas of historical study. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ken G. Christian
Unlike other books that gently question the Bible's authenticity without challenging the Vatican or Protestant denominations outright, this book pounds a stake into the heart of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert David STEELE Vivas
Altho there may be some truth to the author's thesis, his writing style is abysmally inept. Had he never taken an expository writing course? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Thompson
This is the claptrap of a deluded "scholar," filled with recycled drolleries, which are dredged up every few generations, usually from the mildew-laden logic of unrepentant... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alan
I was wondering why Saul changed his name to Paul. In our day when someone is involved in unscrupulous activities they may often go by an alias. ... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Besides of course, denying issues of faith based on the bias of the scholarship of post-modern science, I think that the premise of Paul being an adversary to Christ is quite a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joseph Spickard
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