Continued from Part 13
Syncretic roots of Paul’s Jesus
Much of Christianity is the development of Paul and his theological descendants, who presented the pagans with a diluted form of Judaism in Hellenized garb. It is true that the Hellenistic Jewish philosophy of Philo paved the way to such a syncretism, but Philo certainly would have been shocked at the resulting distortion which followed in Paul’s wake. Philo expected the Messiah, but he never identified the Messiah with the Logos, as was done by later Christian theology.