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1885, p. 580 ) . It would have been more to the point had we been given the ap propriate citations from Matthew and Ignatius and Mark. Sufficient has been said about the Gospels produced by Chris tians as unimpeachable evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ as a God. It is time we turned to Paul, who is nearly alwa s put forward as a witness quite impossible to overthrow. CHAPTER III The Witness of Paul STRICTLY S P E A K I N G, WE SHOULD G O FIRST TO Paul to prove that God Almighty came to earth "in the flesh" in the person of Jesus Christ, as his Epistles were, according to Christian critics, written some years before the Gospels.
Gal. i, 16-20) . We laymen can of course take our choice of either account, but they both can't be true. We also find Paul in Romans ( xi, 13 ) and ( xv, 16) clearly stating that he was the Apostle to the Gentiles. Yet in Acts, throughout his ministry, he never ceases to preach to the Jews in their own synagogues. Moreover, he claims that it was Peter's mission to convert the Jews ( Gal. ii, 7 ) ; while Peter himself claimed that that was not true, "that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe" ( Acts xv, 7 ) .
Or thereabouts, and in the form we have them are they quite or almost free from interpolations? First of all, it is rather difficult to account for the fact that Josephus never mentions Paul considering that in Acts xxiv, 5, we are told that ''We have found this man [Paul] a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sects of the Nazarenes". A man who led sedition against all the Jews then living, wherever they were, must have left a fairly hefty reputation behind him; yet there is not a line in the Jewish historian which indicates that he had ever heard of Paul.
Book of Religion & Empire by Ali Tabari