BRISTOL, England, July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ There is very little historical evidence of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, and many researchers have asserted that the Christian religion founded around Jesus, was invented by Rome for political reasons.
Historical researcher Henry Davis is presenting his thesis in his debut book, Creating Christianity A Weapon Of Ancient Rome, that the gospels, and other books of the New Testament, were not the eyewitness accounts of illiterate laborers, such as Matthew, Luke or Paul [this is wrong, see editor’s correction below], but were fabricated by a powerful aristocratic Roman-Jewish family with the name Calpurnius Piso.
EDITOR’S NECESSARY CORRECTIONS
Author Henry Davis provided wrong information in this press release. There was no such person named Paul who wrote on the four canonical gospels in the New Testament. The four correct authors were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The New Testament is a collection of Christian texts originally written in the Koine Greek language, at different times by various different authors. While the Old Testament canon varies somewhat between different Christian denominations, the 27-book canon of the New Testament has been almost universally recognized within Christianity since at least Late Antiquity. In almost all Christian traditions today, the New Testament consists of 27 books: the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), the Acts of the Apostles, the 13 or 14 epistles of Paul, the 7 catholic epistles, and the Book of Revelation.
Technically speaking, there were 13 — not 14 — epistles by Paul. Although all 14 of the Pauline epistles in the New Testament are traditionally attributed to Paul of Tarsus, only 13 of those are explicitly ascribed to Paul, and one, entitled “The Epistle to the Hebrews,” is anonymous. Except for “Hebrews,” the Pauline authorship of these letters was not academically questioned until the 19th century.
And there is nearly universal consensus in modern New Testament scholarship on a core group of authentic Pauline epistles whose authorship is rarely contested: Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon.
“The Epistle to the Hebrews,” although anonymously written, has been indeed attributed to Paul. The church father Origen of Alexandria rejected the Pauline authorship of “Hebrews.” Origen instead asserts that, although the ideas expressed in the letter were genuinely Pauline, the letter itself had actually been written by someone else. [Source: Origen of Alexandria, quoted by] Eusebius of Alexandria. Ecclesiastical History 6.25]
Most modern scholars generally agree that Hebrews was not written by the apostle Paul. Various other possible authorships have been suggested.
Few people of the time could read and write, only the rich could publish, and the Caesars could simply destroy any literature they didn’t like. The gospels suggest Jesus had thousands of followers, but no independent record of his activities has ever been revealed, nor is there any evidence of a sect of Christian groups gathering before the writings of Paul,” says Davis.
Davis’s research on this subject began with encountering the writings of Roman Piso and Joseph Atwill, works that Davis freely admits have been dismissed as conspiracy theories. But Davis presents a sober investigation of the topic and reveals the results of his explorations thoughtfully, providing a plethora of supportive data.
“The gospels are a satire based around a war which took place between the aristocracy of Rome and the Jewish group called the Pharisees. Called the Roman-Jewish War, it began in 66 AD and ended in the year 74 AD. The Pharisees were against slavery and were battling with the Roman/Jewish Piso and Flavian families, but the problems started earlier. The Pharisees had gained support from the Jewish people, taking power away from the family of Herod “The Great,” the Herodian royal family who were related to both the Pisos and the Flavians.
These families were losing their power over the people, and the use of force to control them wasn’t enough, so a plan was devised. That plan was to subtly undermine the beliefs of the Jewish people, by using the Judaic religion against them, creating a new syncretistic religion which became Christianity, but the plan didn’t work during their lifetime,” says the author.
Davis continues to explain how the Pisos “copyrighted” their work by inserting the names of the main authors into the Greek scriptures, using numbers and literary techniques, seen as grammar errors. In Greek, the number 666, for example, spells ‘Christ/Flavius Josephus’, and 616 spells ‘Christ/Piso’, when the 0’s are taken away, a fact which should not be the case, Davis asserts.
For some, it will not be strong enough evidence to be convincing, however, Davis says when we keep in mind the motive, the argument, on the whole, makes sense: these families desired to keep their controlling power which was under threat, and so they built a type of power that cannot be simply snatched away; psychological and manipulative.
“Davis is painstaking in his research and provides ample textual evidence. Nevertheless, his highly unusual conclusions will likely find a skeptical reception from many believers and scholars,’ stated Kirkus Reviews.
“A fascinating and thoroughly researched examination of this contentious topic..provocative and well-reasoned work, Creating Christianity is recommended for believers and non-believers alike, as the questions Davis is posing are worth exploring and well-argued,” said SPR Reviews.