How Jesus Became Christian by Barrie Wilson



Building upon the view that Paul – not Jesus – invented Christianity, Barrie Wilson demonstrates conclusively where and how this is so.  Paul’s religion differed from that of Jesus and his first followers in terms of its origin, beliefs and practices.

More provocatively, he demonstrates how this new religion became attached to Judaism, showing that the New Testament Book of Acts is a literary fiction designed specifically for this polemical task. Discussing how Christianity separated from Judaism by attacking not only Torah but the Jewish leadership, and its understanding of covenant, he exposes the real roots of Christian anti-Semitism.

How Jesus Became Christian is noted scholar Barrie Wilson’s first book intended for a general audience. Reviews of the hardback edition have been outstanding.  The Globe and Mail wrote, "Barrie Wilson has produced a significant and sensational work of scholarship. And it is truly religious dynamite.”The Canadian Jewish News recommends it as “one of the most important works to have appeared in recent years on Jewish-Christian relations.” The Boston Globe and the Times of London both said, "This book is certainly controversial."  James Tabor, chair of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte wrote simply that it is "...beyond doubt one of the most significant works on early Christianity to appear in decades." Simcha Jacobovici, the noted Producer/Director of The Lost Tomb of Jesus and many other biblical documentaries calls it "A tour de force."

Barrie has appeared on a number of radio and television shows in the US, Canada and the UK including the provocative television series, The Naked Archeologist, as well as Israel Today. He is one of the expert scholars behind the forthcoming 13-part series on the History Channel's History of Early Christianity.


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Canada – Vintage Canada paperback 2009

UK, Australia, New Zealand – Phoenix paperback 2009

USA – St. Martin’s Press – hardcover 2008. St. Martin’s Griffin Paperback to be released Fall 2009

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