“The Bitter Root” – available as paperback and in many places

Just to let you know that my book “The Apostle Paul – Saul of Tarsus: The Bitter Root” is now available for the Amazon Kindle. It can be found at:

Check it out and share it with others who are interested in how Paul routinely misuses the Jewish Bible.

Also if you want it, the book “The Apostle Paul – Saul of Tarsus: The Bitter Root” is also available in paperback, in case you actually prefer to hold a real book. That’s available in the following place.

And in addition, the ebook is available at Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, Apple iBooks, maybe some other places too.

Did you know that also in the back of the book, there is a listing of most, if not all, of Paul’s overt quotes of the Jewish Bible throughout the epistles? Knowing the places Paul quotes and their various contexts can help you better defend yourself against the claims christians make about God demanding perfect obedience, or blood being needed forgiveness, that there is a dichotomy between law and faith, etc.

So feel free to take a look or even to share on whatever relevant forums you may be a part of.

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8 Comments

  1. Hrvatski Noahid

    I am on page 52. I will send the review as soon as I can.

    • Wow, that’s a great speed. Thanks, HRV. I hope I have the maturity to take on board your constructive criticisms. By the way, I’ve also been doing some more proofreading and have made some corrections. Shall I send you an updated copy?

  2. Hrvatski Noahid

    I hope my review will be good enough for your blog. Since your corrections do not change the important arguments of the book, I prefer the copy I have. Bro, you really put a lot of work into this.

    • It was a challenge, but I found pleasure in it. I also found frustration, but that’s to be expected when Paul has an allergic reaction to actually using the Jewish Bible properly.

  3. Just received the book. The content is on par with your blog – really thorough and concise, but I fear it will be very hard to use your book as a reference. There are no page numbers in the table of contents nor throughout the book, so looking up something quickly is going to be a challenge. Also, the headings such as “Chapter 10” do not clarify where I am in your book. I’m not sure which chapter 10 is being addressed. Is it chapter 10 of 2 Corinthians or chapter 10 of 1 Corinthians? I have to search the total table of contents and match the chapter with the verse to find my place. It’s doubly hard when both the chapter and verse are found more than once in the book i.e. Chapter 1 verse 3.

    • Firstly, thanks for getting my book. I’m really grateful.

      Thanks for highlighting this issue. I’m not sure how to make it work. I’m not sure if you have the eBook or the paperback. And I’m not sure where you got the book from. As it is available in Amazon Kindle, the paperback and eBook are linked. I think that may mean it is using the same manuscript. With the different sizes of eBook readers coupled with a hard book, I have no idea how page numbers would work. If you got it from anywhere else, then, once again, the huge variety of eBook readers and the different formatting on each platform makes page numbers a nightmare. I’m not sure how to combat this. I’ll look into it. It’s a puzzle but I’ll se what is possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • You’re welcome! I got the paperback from Amazon.

  4. DP

    This comment is a comment on both this blog article and on your “universal Shabbat” blog.

    Far be it from a former Christian like myself to defend the Apostle Paul, but this Tablet Magazine article discusses Pauline revisionists in academia trying to describe a Jewish Paul:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/20214/who-was-paul

    When the Apostle Paul misquoted Deuteronomy 27:26 in Galatians 3:10 and Deuteronomy 30:14 in Romans 10:8, he did *not* aim this polemic at Jewish Christians. Rather, he aimed it at Gentile Christians who flirted with the possibility of converting to Judaism. He aimed it also at Peter’s bunch who said that a Gentile had to convert to Judaism before becoming a Christian. In short, he was trying to sell the idea of *not* having to convert to Judaism in order to be righteous before G-d.

    The main shortcoming of Paul’s letters is something that I’ve posted comments on this blog before: There is no systematic discussion of all the ethical mitzvot in the Torah. You mentioned the “selfish craving for ritual” in your “universal Shabbat” blog, and I believe that those historical Gentile Christians who flirted with conversion may have had that same “selfish craving for ritual.” The historical Paul wrote against that crap – albeit rather poorly.

    Were I in the Apostle Paul’s position (but aiming at a theologically Noahide audience), I too would have been tempted to misquote Deuteronomy 27:26 and Deuteronomy 30:14, but only in a polemic with a systematic discussion of all the ethical mitzvot in the Torah. The basic idea would have been, to blend Deuteronomy 27:26 and the Romans 10:8 misquote:

    “Cursed” be the Gentile who converts to Judaism before upholding and observing all the terms of this Teaching near him, in his mouth and in his heart – that is, the message concerning all the ethical mitzvot that we proclaim.

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