Very little is kwn about the life of Jesus. The gospels were written to propagate an image of Jesus as the prophesied Messiah, and give few details of his life. Moreover, most of the fundamental tenets of Christianity are t derived directly from the gospels but from the teachings of St Paul. Between and indeed within these sources there are baffling inconsistencies. This book seeks, as far as possible to uncover the historical figure of Jesus, and to explore what it was about his teaching that created a dedicated and able following that propagated a religion in his name. It also traces the life and teachings of St Paul, asks what Paul knew of the man, Jesus, and suggests that there may have been a conspiracy between Paul and Peter to disseminate a selective and distorted image of Jesus' life, character and teaching.
Kamal Salibi is a historian and specialist on the modern Middle East. He has a keen interest in biblical studies and is the author of the bestselling The Bible Came from Arabia, as well as a highly acclaimed history of Lebanon, A House of Many Mansions (I.B.Tauris). He is a committed Christian.