Deceitful Workers Who Disguise Themselves as Apostles of Christ
These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:13. Is Paul talking about himself? The more immature minds may have some confusion over the contradictions that they will come upon in the New Testament (NT), which is normal when reading text that has had multiple anonymous authors having their say. This narrative is about Paul and his Christian followers today who refused to take Jesus’ word over that of Saul—the little man the Romans gave the epithet Paulum (nominative Paulus) meaning small, short, little, etc.
What we know of Paul is from Paul himself, who was his public relations (PR) guru, whose alias according to some early and modern writers was Simon Magus. He is also frequently attested as being the false Apostle and the wolf in sheep’s clothing, and the enemy of the Jerusalem Church. One can also say Paul was a little man that became a Giant in the religion of his own making.
“But be it so, I did not burden you:
nevertheless being crafty, I caught you with guile”—2 Corinthians 12:16
Who was Paul?
Well, in short Paul tells us that he is a Jew from the City of Tarsus and belonging to the tribe of Benjamin. Yet, Jewish history, as well as ancient writers and church-fathers all contradict Paul’s account.
Epiphanius of Salamis (310-403) states that the Ebionites called Paul a “renegade” from the law. Epiphanius mentions the Acts of the Apostles, Ascent of James, and the Itinerary of Peter by Clement of Rome. They also attempted to “denigrate” Paul, for example, by saying that he was a Pagan, with a Pagan mother and father. [Marian Hillar, From the logos to Trinity: The Evolution of Religious Beliefs from Pythagoras to Tertullian, pp. 116-118, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012]
Jerome (347-420) says that it was a tradition amongst the early Christians that Paul’s parents were immigrants to Tarsus from Gischala, which was a town in the old kingdom of Israel (although Jerome wrongly states it was in Judaea). Today, Gischala is known as Jish or el-Jish in Arabic and Gush Halav in Hebrew, which is in the north of Upper Galilee.
We catch Paul in a lie!
Paul claims that he belonged to the tribe of Benjamin, which with the tribe of Judah made up the southern kingdom of Judah before 599 BCE. Which went extinct six-centuries before Paul’s birth. With the Jewish diaspora to Babylon, which ended any Jewish tribal system with the final deportation of Jews from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 583 BCE. [Israel’s Chronology for year 583 BCE] However, the northern kingdom of Israel (Samaria) had gone defunct in 721 BCE, when the Assyrians deported the Ten (Lost) Tribes and replaced the Israelites with Pagans. [Israel’s Chronology for the year 721 BCE, also see 2 Kings: The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria (kingdom of Israel) to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. 2Kings 17:24 NIV] ( ) Bkt are mine.
The ancients tell us that Paul’s parents came from Gischala which is in as I have already stated Upper Galilee, which would have been in the old kingdom of Israel (Samaria), which went defunct in 721 BCE. However, all the northern Ten tribes have been lost for more than 2,700 years or more that seven-centuries before Paul. With the kingdom’s population of Jews replaced with Pagans from the Assyrian empire as 2 kings 17 states. [See above] So Paul’s ancestry must have been Pagan as Jerome and others state.
The Church-Fathers have their say Paul’s attitude to circumcision
According to the Ebionites, an early Jewish Christian sect, Paul’s parents were Gentiles, who had not been converted to Judaism. Epiphanius (4th century), writing about the Ebionites, says, “They declare that he [Paul] was a Greek . . . . He went up to Jerusalem, they say, and when he had spent some time there, he was seized with a passion to marry the daughter of the priest. For this reason, he became a proselyte and was circumcised. Then, when he failed to get the girl, he flew into a rage and wrote against circumcision and against the Sabbath and the Law” (Epiphanius, Panarion, 30.16, 6-9).
Paul vs Jesus
Paul on Justification of Faith
28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Romans 3:28-30 NIV
Jesus on who the 12 disciples were to preach to!
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:5-8 NIV
Had God told Paul one thing and Jesus another? It certainly looks that way, so what happened to “This is my beloved, Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
What do you say, am I like writers of the Past being too hard on the Little Man?
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