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John

Please find a completely different understanding of "paul" and the religion that he founded via this reference.

1. www.dabase.org/exochrist.htm

Re John Piper altogether the question arises as to whose interpretation of the scriptures.
On what basis does he claim to possess the "one true" interpretation.

There are now, and always have been, many "christianities". You could say their are a billion "christianties", one for each now living Christian

For instance the Christianity of a Coptic Christian living in Ethopia without any contact with Western Protestantism would be completely different to that of Piper.

And so too with ALL Christians prior to the appearance of Protestantism.

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks for your thoughts John. However, there is no depature in the teaching of Paul compared to Jesus. Jesus teaching was delivered into a Jewish Middle Eastern setting and we heavily grounded in metaphorical theology. Paul's letters were written to the Greco-Roman world which was more didactic, rational, and linear. In addition to the New Perspective stuff I'd invite you to check out Kenneth Bailey's "Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes." Jesus was not about a "universal Teaching of ego-transcending love of the Spiritual and Transcendental Divine."

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