I’ve been looking closely at the relationship of the gospel narratives to Julius Caesar and Son of the Divine, Augustus Caesar, as well as the Flavian Caesars.

Francesco Carotta mentions a theologian Ethelbert Tauffer. When I looked for him in amazon dot com, I found he wrote a book “Christ and the Caesars.”

Then what I found was a reader shocked by the claims: “Stauffer is making some pretty big claims, and I was never quite sure where he was getting his data. I actually emailed Dr. Paul Maier, (an expert on Ancient Greco-Roman history) and asked him if Stauffer was a reliable source. Dr. Maier gave him a thumbs up.”

Have you met Dr. Paul Maier? Do scholars find merit in his works?

Maier is the son of Walter A. Maier (1893–1950), founder and long time speaker of The Lutheran Hour. He is a graduate of Harvard University (M.A., 1954) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M. Div., 1955). On a Fulbright Scholarship, Maier studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland. At Basel, Maier studied under scholars Karl Barth and Oscar Cullmann. He received his Ph.D., summa cum laude, in 1957.

Are you familiar with Ethelbert Stauffer? Are you familiar with his book, Christ and the Caesars?

Stauffer was born and raised in Worms, Germany. He studied Protestant theology at the universities of Halle, Berlin and Tübingen from 1921-1925. The New Testament scholar Ernst von Dobschütz appointed him the faculty assistant in Halle, where he graduated in 1929. He became a lecturer there in 1930.

In the 1930s Stauffer was appointed professor of New Testament Studies and director of Ancient History Studies at the University of Bonn.

I paraphrase: he was a little to close to Nazi Germany writing “Our Faith and Our History: Towards a Meeting of the Cross and the Swastika.” In 1957 he admitted the anti-semitic ideas of the “German Christian” by stating: “The primary role of Jesus research is clear: De-Judaizing the Jesus tradition.

Ouch! ! ! ! Even so, did scholars find any merit in his works?