First off, sorry if this isn’t the right place to post this. I’m still learning how the forum works.
Basically I was wondering if anyone could help me debunk this article that I stumbled upon a while ago. For some reason it won’t let me put a link to the address in here even though I’ve seen other people do it; but if you just search: “physical appearance of Jesus and Paul” on Google it’s the first thing that comes up
The author contends that Jesus of Nazareth and St Paul are the same person. They say that Jesus survived being crucified and then assumed the “alter ego” of Paul after appearing to his disciples to hide the fact that he never actually died; which is also why Paul isn’t introduced until after the ressurection. The author’s main source of purported evidence is that the apocryphal texts give physical descriptions of Jesus and Paul which are very similar, even explicitly saying that Jesus looked like Paul. There are also some other claims such as that Jesus and Paul both had physical deformities or that they were one and the same with Simon Magus. I’m not totally convinced by it but the evidence does seem to point toward the author’s position and it’s a bit troubling for me. So if anyone is feeling up to it I’d be very thankful if they could read the article as well and weigh in on how to refute it.