The Jesus Dynasty : The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity

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James Tabor, chair of religious studies at UNC-Charlotte, offers a bold and sometimes speculative interpretation of the historical Jesus and his family in his new book, The Jesus Dynasty : The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity.

Like many scholars, Tabor emphasizes that we must understand Jesus in the context of first-century Judaism. After Jesus' death, his brother James took over the titular family dynasty. James championed a version of the faith quite different from Paul's, and, although James was more faithful to Jesus' original teachings, Paul's Christianity won.

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