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This is an auction for SAINT SAUL: A SKELEYON KEY TO THE HISTORICAL JESUS, by Donald Harman Akenson.

This is a ***SIGNED *** copy of the book.

“If the popularity of professional wrestling indicates widespread appreciation for a well-orchestrated brawl, Saint Saul should have no trouble finding readers. Akenson leaps into the ring with a bravado that rather obscures the academic virtuosity he shares with his primary targets, especially Morton Smith and John Dominic Crossan. Little doubt remains that participants in this battle conduct it in an arena where entertainment and scholarship mix. Akenson argues that seeking Jesus as a historical figure should begin with the earliest available documents, which aren't the synoptic Gospels but the authentic letters of Paul. Doing so, Akenson also counters 2,000 years of Christianizing by using un-Hellenized personal names: Saul, not Paul; Yacov, not James; Yeshua, not Jesus. Saul's letters constitute the one source of information about Yeshua that survived, more or less intact, the 70 C.E. destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, which Akenson says had the impact of a nuclear explosion. The letters may contain information unfiltered by Christianity and rabbinic Judaism, which both devised successful strategies for temple worship without a temple. Readers will be entertained and informed and, regardless whether they are convinced that Saul is a "skeleton key," will come away with deeper understanding of the modern quest for the historical Jesus and the world inhabited by Yeshua and Saul."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Oxford University Press hardback 2000.

346 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.40 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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