What we see with Paul's work is an ingenious revamping of the old Egyptian solar religion that had been grinding to a halt with rabbinical Pharisaism.
Paul supposedly speaks of himself as a Jew when he must have meant that he was of the Jewish cult, for we know that he was of the Tribe of Benjamin.
Before his remarkable and suitably dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul was suggestively named Saul (Sol). Before he worked for "the Lord" saving souls he worked for the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. He was a police agent hunting and persecuting Christians. The High Priest was a member of the powerful Sadducee Party.
…there is evidence, taken to be incontrovertible, that Paul’s father was a wealthy man: this is that he was both a Roman citizen and a citizen of Tarsus. Undoubtedly, Paul is represented as claiming that not only he, but his father too, were Roman citizens (See Acts 22:28)
If Paul had lived today, he might have ended up on a psychiatrist’s couch. Throughout his life he was overwhelmed with an all-pervasive sense of guilt which pursued him with relentless fury. From early paintings and from descriptions in the New Testament accounts, both his and others, we have a rather repellent physical portrait of him. Ernest Renan characterized him as “the ugly little Jew.” Paul was of slight stature, bowlegged, blind in one eye, and probably had some deformity of body. He was given to recurrent attacks of malaria, had repeated hallucinations, and some scholars believe he was subject to epileptic seizures. He was celibate, exhorted others to celibacy, and advocated marriage only in extreme circumstances.
Even if there was a sectarian Jewish teacher living in Palestine during the first part of the first century called Joshua, or Jesus, he had nothing at all to do with the crucified Christos of Paul's theology.
In the Dead Sea Scrolls, although the connection is never lucidly made, Paul is certainly the one being described as the "Wicked Priest" who threatens the life of John the Baptist, the "Teacher of Righteousness."
For all his conniving and ingenuity, Paul's attempt to divide Christianity from its Judaic roots failed. The Church employed too much old world symbolism for the ploy to be one hundred percent successful.
From the very beginning, his [Paul's] apparent wealth, his Roman citizenship and his easy familiarity with the presiding establishment have differentiated him from his fellows and from other members of the 'early Church.' Obviously, he has influential connections with the ruling elite. How else could so young a man have become the high priest's hatchet man?...there is evidence of high level affiliation.
Author Tony Bushby discovered that many of the stories pertaining to Jesus were rescripted excerpts from the biography of Apollonius. Apparently, it was Church Father John Chrysostom who set about plagiarizing the story of the life and times of Apollonius, presenting them anew as the story of Jesus. Bushby believes that the name "Paul" was the nome de plume of Chrysostom or some other ghost writer. In his mind there was no Paul of Tarsus. He explains that the name Paul, or Paulus, is merely the Latinized version of the Greek name Apollonius.
Through the exemplary revelations of many researchers we now know Paul modeled his "Christ" on several mythical and historical personages who had already risen to prominence and notoriety in the world. A partial list of potential candidates for Paul's elusive Jesus includes:
King Hezekiah of Judah
John the Baptist
Apollonius of Tyana
Joshua the Son of Nun
Menahem the Essene
Joshua ben Panthera
Caesar Augustus (Octavian)
Esus, or Iesa
Dionysus (Zagreus, Bacchus)
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha
Basing his Jesus on well known mythical icons and spiritual adepts was a clever device to ensure that his creation would be accepted throughout the world by men of culture and learning.
Christianity is the religion founded by Paul, which replaces Jesus' Gospel with a Gospel about Jesus - a religion that should rather be called Paulinism.
Paul, not Jesus, was the founder of Christianity as a new religion which developed away from both normal Judaism and the Nazarene variety of Judaism. In this new religion, the Torah was abrogated as having only temporary validity. The central myth of the new religion was that of an atoning death of a divine being. Belief in this sacrifice, and a mystical sharing of the death of the deity, formed the only path to salvation...Paul derived this religion from Hellenistic sources, chiefly by a fusion of concepts taken from Gnosticism and concepts taken from the mystery religions, particularly from that of Attis. The combination of these elements with features derived from Judaism, particularly the incorporation of the Jewish scriptures, re-interpreted to provide a background of sacred history for a new myth, was unique, and Paul alone was the creator of this amalgam. Jesus himself had no idea of it, and would have been amazed and shocked at the role assigned to him by Paul as a suffering deity.
...most of what is now accepted as orthodox Christian doctrine was developed from Paul's teaching, rather than from that of Jesus. The New Testament Gospels concentrate on the story of Jesus' life - his birth, baptism, day to day travel, miracles, death, etc, - but really tell us very little of His teachings, apart from a few short sermons, parables, conversations and arguments. Paul's letters, however, are packed full of his own personal beliefs - his ideology, his philosophy, and his theology.
The information about Paul as it is presented in the Acts of the Apostles is not reliable since it is not autobiographical; and if it contradicts plain statements in the letters (of Paul) it has to take second place.
Throughout the Epistles Paul states that what he is preaching is his version of the Gospel. He never mentions the Gospels which are included in the canon of the Scriptures nor does he mention anything actually said by Jesus.
Paul of Tarsus (10BC-67AD) - Agent of the Atonists. Author Ralph Ellis believes Paul and the historian Josephus Piso to have been one and the same person. Ellis maintains that Saul-Paul-Josephus wielded enormous power in Judea. He was probably not only the creator of Christianity, as we know it today, but, according to Ellis, he was also the compiler of the Talmud. He was, therefore, responsible for the type of Judaism known today. Paul also had the power to sequester or destroy any historical works and accounts that contradicted his own literary concoctions. He had the power and ability to invent historians and historical accounts out of thin air. Author Tony Bushby believes Paul was the pen-name of an unknown author. Bushby emphasizes that the name Paul, or Paulus, is the Latinized version of Apollonius, and that the biography of Apollonius of Tyana was plagiarized by the scribe known as Paul.
The 22 documents in the latter part of the New Testament contain roughly 80,000 words. They are the product of about a dozen different writers, Paul being the most prominent. In them, one encounters over 500 references to the object of all these writers' faith: "Jesus" or "Christ" or a combination of these names, or "the Son" plus a few to "the Lord" meaning Christ...As astonishing as such a silence may seem, an equation such as "Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God and Messiah" is missing from all the early Christian correspondence. The Jesus of the epistles is not spoken of as a man who had recently lived...Thus, we are left with an entire corpus of early Christian correspondence which gives us no indication that the divine Christ these writers look to for salvation is to be identified with the man Jesus of Nazareth whom the Gospels place in the early first century.
Flavius Josephus Piso (whom author Ralph Ellis believes to have been St. Paul of Tarsus).
Ultimately, the data in the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed that the irrational ideas of the fanatical Zadokites had been plagiarized by Paul and Christian churchmen. They supplied evidence to show that Paul was certainly an agent of the Romans and probably of the elite Sadducees.
Paul himself was clearly on the Roman side, a double agent and then some...It is quite possible that his conversion by the Zadikites was set up so that he could access secret teachings and betray them.
The man who became the apostle Paul was originally a mercenary hired by the Roman authorities to track down extremist cults such as Zaddikim. In short, he was a bounty hunter. This much is clear even from Acts alone. Time and time again, the Romans protect Paul. They approve his actions and provide him with troops and a personal guard. The Sanhedrin, whose leader at the Jerusalem temple wants to see the Zaddikim suppressed, also sanction the mission of the bounty hunter.
When Jmmanuel had finished that speech, behold, a man named Saul came to him and said,
"You preach a new teaching, and it is strange to me from the beginning; it seems dumb to me, and your mind seems confused."
But Jmmanuel said, "How can you tell me that I am confused in mind when it is you who are confused in mind?
Truly I say to you: Since you are Saul and persecute me and my disciples because of my teaching, you will change your mind.
From now on, you shall be named Paul. You will travel in all directions and will have to suffer for having called my teaching false and my spirit confused.
You will heap great guilt upon your shoulders, because you will misunderstand my teaching and preach it falsely due to your lack of understanding.
Your speech will be confused, and people all over the world will lapse into slavery and worship the false doctrine.
We cannot be certain of the source of Paul's knowledge, but one thing is true beyond doubt, Paul did know: and his realization created a division within the Christian Church that all the centuries have been unable to overcome.
Early orthodoxy set itself the task to confuse the epistles of Paul. Paul could not be ignored nor entirely destroyed; his sphere of influence had been too wide. The easiest solution was to corrupt his writings, thus destroying his subtler meanings. The result of this questionable strategy is obvious to the impartial reader. Paul is made to contradict himself; statements obviously inconsistent with his vision stand side by side with the most lofty and transcendental thoughts.