Posted: Jul 20, 2013 5:02 am
by dejuror
spin wrote:Mine is an effort to read what the text says, not what posterity says. The nature of these letters is very different from the gospels: the former are instructions to groups explaining the thoughts and motivations of the writer, while the latter tell stories about Jesus doing wonderful things. The most wonderful thing in Paul are his revelations. I don't know their nature, but there are a range of natural explanations--ranging from dreams to psychotic events--which won't interfere with the writer's interpretation as revelations.

To understand the Pauline Corpus one cannot simply read "Paul" alone.

One must take into account the other writers of antiquity who made references to the Pauline Corpus.

A close examination of the Pauline Corpus show that the Pauline writers made references to the Septuagint or a similar source and could NOT have gotten any actual revelations from a resurrected Jesus Christ

spin wrote:If this relatively faithful reading of Galatians is correct, it would seem that Paul's revelation is the start of Jesus religion, for, whether Jesus existed or not, Paul's proselytism wasn't based on knowledge of a real Jesus.

You must have forgotten to faithfully read other parts of Galatians and the Pauline Corpus.

The Persecutor of the Faith cannot be the same one who started the Faith.

Faithfully read this.

Galatians 1:23 KJ ----But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed .

It is most obvious that the "Pauls" were not even necessary for the start of the Faith.