Was Paul a Rabbi, an Ignoramus, or a Charlatan? Rabbi Tovia Singer Responds
It would be easy to argue that Paul was the most important convert to Christianity. The writings ascribed to him by the Church form a considerable portion of the Christian canon, of whose twenty-seven books, thirteen are attributed to Paul. The influence of his epistles on Christian thinking cannot be overstated. Although Paul said almost nothing about what Jesus did or said during his lifetime because the two of them never met, he forged some of Christendom’s most enduring theological doctrines. What does Paul’s exegesis of the Jewish Scriptures reveal about his grasp of the Hebrew Bible? In this live broadcast, Rabbi Tovia Singer demonstrates that Paul’s striking and blatant misquotes of the Jewish Scriptures illustrates that this self-styled “Pharisee of Pharisees” could not possibly have been a student of the esteemed Rabbi Gamliel or the smartest person in his class.