Saul of Tarsus is one of the best kwn and most beloved figures of Christianity. This man, later kwn as St. Paul, set the tone for Christianity, including an emphasis on celibacy, the theory of divine grace and salvation, and the elimination of circumcision. It was Paul who wrote a large part of the New Testament, and who called it euangelion, the gospel . There is ather side of Paul, however, that has been little studied and that is his connection to the Roman military establishment and its intelligence arm. While other scholars and writers have suggested the idea that Paul was cooperating with the Romans, this is the first book-length study to document it in detail.By looking at the traditional story through a new lens, some of the thorniest questions and contradictions in Paul's life can be unravelled. How did he come to work for the Temple authorities who collaborated with the Romans? How was he able to escape from legal situations in which others would have been killed? Why were so many Jews trying to have Paul killed and to which sect did they belong? These and other mysteries will be solved as the authors follow Paul's career and his connections to Roman intelligence.
Col. Rose Mary Sheldon is Head of the Department of History at the Virginia Military Institute. She received her Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation on Roman intelligence gathering won a National Intelligence Book Award. She is on the Editorial boards of several journals. She has written more than three dozen articles on aspects of ancient intelligence. Her books include Espionage in the Ancient World: An Annotated Bibliography (McFarland, 2003), Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods, But Verify, (Frank Cass, 2005), and Spies of the Bible (Greenhill books, 2007).Thijs Voskuilen has an MA in History and Journalism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands . His thesis on St. Paul being the alias for Roman provocateur Saul of Tarsus was published as Alias Paul us (Ambo, 2002). In 2004 an article on the subject was published in Small Wars and Insurgencies. Thijs Voskuilen has since worked as a writer, translator and editor. He is now enrolled in the Master of Criminal Investigation programme on behalf of the National Police Agency in the Netherlands.