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A Chronological Revision of the Origins of Christianity

by Frans J. Vermeiren

33 CE, the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, is one of the most important turning points in Western history. In spite of this, some major problems with the origins of Christianity have persisted throughout the centuries. The best-known of these is the strange relationship between Jesus and his follower Paul who, in his letters to the first Christian communities, remains silent on Jesus’ teachings, his spectacular deeds, his relatives or his home base Galilee. It is also remarkable that the Gospel of Mark, which was the first manuscript to tell the story of Jesus’ life and execution, was written about 40 years after the events.
Independent of traditional biblical scholarship, Vermeiren has studied not only the Bible but also the other relevant written sources on the subject, primarily the Dead Sea Scrolls and the works of the Jewish historian Josephus.
Through a combined reading of all available sources Vermeiren takes the reader on a spectacular journey into Roman-occupied first century Palestine, and brings to light an entirely different beginning of Christianity from what the New Testament and the Christian churches would have us believe. He brings forward a revolutionary theory that not only settles the Paul problem and the issues of chronology, but also shows an early Christianity that is the result of purely human purpose and effort.
This theory might be a decisive step in demythologizing Christianity. It’s an eye opener for the interested layperson, and a serious challenge for the churches, for biblical scholars and for academic historians alike.



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(Series: History not Written in Textbooks, Extra Edition)
Story of the War and My Family
-Atomic Bomb, Kamikaze Attack and War Crimes-

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The author was born because of his parents having been alive and gotten married. Of course, this is the case for most Japanese people today; in the case of the author, however, whose Mother experienced the A-bomb in Nagasaki and Father participated in a Kamikaze Attack on a Navy bomber, a stroke of fortunate chance, as ultimately the chances of both his parents surviving such circumstances was very small. There was so much luck and such a strong eagerness to live that made them survive; consequently, the author and his brother were born.
In the early 1960s, the 7-year-old author went to Singapore together with his family and heard about what the Japanese army had done in Singapore. The Overseas Chinese people and English people in Singapore harbored a strong hatred towards the Japanese at that time. The author thought that, after the war, Japan had become a good country and was trying to rebuild the economy that had been destroyed by the war. He was happy to live together with his parents, who were themselves trying to help the Japanese economy recover, even if it might have meant some hardships for him. Later, when the author returned to Japan, he was rather disappointed that his love towards Japan did not help him readapt easily.
Years later, when the author had grown up and worked for four years, he had a chance to go to the United States and rediscovered the big, diverse world he had experienced during childhood.

About the author:

Born in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture in 1954, the author lived briefly in Tokyo, before moving to Singapore with his family (1961-1964). He came back to Japan when he was a fifth grader and was enrolled at Iwazono Primary School, in Ashiya City, Hyogo prefecture. (Incidentally, current Tokyo Municipal Governor, Yuriko Koike was one year his senior in this school.) The author later graduated from Yamate Junior High School and Kobe Senior High School. (Incidentally, Michiko Kanba, who died in a demonstration against the Japan-US Security Treaty in 1960 was enrolled in same Junior High, Senior High and University.) The author graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1982.

After working for the Taiyo Kobe Bank (Currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation,) the author joined the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo (1982-1993). Clients of his strategy projects included both Japanese and Western corporations. While at BCG, the author was transferred to the Düsseldorf Office in Germany (1989-1990, the year of East West Unification). In1991, the author became a Board Member of BCG Inc., and Vice President of Tokyo Office. (Currently, this position is known as “Partner and Managing Director.”) After his time at BCG, the author returned to academia, and became an Associate Professor and then Professor at Osaka International University. Since 2002, the author has been a Professor at Waseda Business School (Graduate School of Business and Finance, Waseda University).



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