The radioactively controversial Letter to the Galatians makes no sense if we read it the "official" way. But its many notorious problems are no match for the wave of mutilation that is BORN IN THE SECOND CENTURY, which crashes here over the first two chapters of this baffling book.
Anyone who listens to this episode can learn about chapters 1 and 2 of Galatians in their proper second century setting. Host Chris Palmero explains how and why the forger wrote what he did, explores the truth about “James the Lord’s brother” and the rest of Jesus' family, Paul's mysterious travels in Arabia, eye-popping anachronisms in the text, and what really happened at the infamous secret meeting between Paul and the alleged disciples of the supposed historical Jesus.
Opening reading: J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King" helps us understand why the minimal historical Jesus is actually a modern myth.
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00:47 - Reading: J.R.R. TOLKIEN, The Return of the King.
09:01 - OPENING Remarks. How a Mythical Jesus Can Make Sense.
16:30 - Even More DIFFERENCES between Paul's Religion and the Christian Religion.
19:44 - RE-ENTRY to Galatians.
27:14 - Intro to Galatians Chapter ONE.
34:19 - Galatians Chapter ONE. A Strange Greeting. Who Paul's Rivals Really Are. Whether Peter was Historical.
49:57 - Paul's Baffling TRAVELS.
56:20 - Why Paul Says He's Not LYING.
1:00:00 - James the Lord's Brother EXPLAINED.
1:13:06 - Paul's First Trip to Jerusalem ADDED by a Later Author.
1:25:38 - Galatians Chapter TWO. The Jerusalem Meeting.
1:36:22 - What the FORGER Was Thinking.
1:46:26 - A CONVENTIONAL Reading is Attempted.
1:50:01 - CLOSING Remarks.