How does Christianity differ from Judaism, and what sets it apart from the early followers of Jesus? In this lecture, Dr. James D. Tabor describes the "Five Fundamental Flaws of Christianity" as a Hellenistic (Greek) maladaptation of the Apostles and their writings. The flaws are: death is life; heaven is the goal; the Law (Torah) is abolished; the main purpose of life is evangelism; and Jesus is the One God of Israel. This thought-provoking lecture provides a rare glimpse of the world of Jesus as a devout Jew, as opposed to the present day Christian view of Jesus as a God.
Dr. Tabor, author of Things Unutterable, which is about the mysticism of the apostle Paul, is co-author of both A Noble Death, which discusses suicide and martyrdom in antiquity, and Why Waco? Cults and the Battle of Religious Freedom in America. He is a leading scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Second Temple period, and on the origins of Christianity. Dr. Tabor also serves as Chief Editor of the Original Bible Project. He is currently working on his newest book, The Jesus Dynasty; A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity.