Paul Kolberg was born in England to a mother of Irish parentage and a father of Prussian ancestry. Paul began asking questions about religion and philosophy from his childhood.
In his teens and early twenties Paul was influenced by novels and works by Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche and especially the poetic prose novel Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. At University, he became best friends with a Jew and regularly attended prayer meetings in Hillel House and synagogue in Leeds. At the same time, Paul was introduced by one of his lecturers to what was effectively an underground movement being led by Archbishop Lefebvre and numerous Catholics opposed to the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Paul’s appetite for learning led him to read numerous apologetics in respect of both Catholicism and Anglican Churches, biblical exegesis and numerous accounts dealing with the historical aspects of Jesus, Judaism and Christianity.
In 1997 he was introduced to a Catholic academic who gave Paul access to over 2000 books including works by Albert Schweitzer, Géza Vermès, Herbert McCabe, Brian Davies, Joachim Jeremias and many more. During this period of intense research, Paul began volunteering, serving meals and helping the homeless for over two years.
In time, Paul began to see Jesus in a way that was not being presented to Christians. He felt that Christians were being denied access to something more profound and fulfilling. He realised that despite the good works and people he found within organised Christian religions, Christianity was as much about the man-made rules of each Church, as the teachings of its spiritual Jewish founder. As many had done before him and since, Paul left the Catholic Church and for a short while floundered. He turned his attention to reading popular books and academic papers on biology, astronomy, physics and mainstream philosophy. He also began studying Buddhism and attended several lectures and meetings at the Buddhist Society in London. This led to a deep interest in Tibetan Buddhism.
While on holiday in Florida in 2004, Paul happened to watch Dr Wayne Dyer on a television programme. He was transfixed. It was a major turning point that led him to read, watch or listen to literally all of the works of inter alia Dr Wayne Dyer, Esther Hicks (The Law of Attraction), Neale Donald Walsh (Conversations with God), and ultimately to Eckhart Tolle, and especially his books The Power of Now and A New Earth.
Although Paul passed the entrance exams to read English at Oxford University, he went on to read law and qualify as a solicitor. As a lawyer Paul practised and travelled throughout the world. He has been involved in several landmark cases and had the good fortune to work with many extraordinarily talented lawyers and clients. His travels and cases provide a huge resource for all his writing.
In 2014 Paul retired from the law and began a career in writing.
A chance meeting in 2016 led Paul to the Kabbalah Centre in London. Following intense research and studying of Kabbalah and hours of discussions with teachers and students at the Kabbalah Centre, Paul realised that he was perhaps well placed to synthesise his years of studying Christianity and Judaism with what he had learned about Kabbalah: and began writing what would become, Jesus & Kabbalah – The Lost Kingdom.
Paul’s interest is in enabling the ancient philosophical, religious and spiritual teachings of Judaism and Christianity to be understood in a modern context. He seeks to lift the veil of obscure archaic language, so that profound ancient wisdoms can be applied on a practical basis in our daily lives, in pursuit of our true and only purpose in life: to learn how to be happy.
Paul has a Diploma in HR Management, is a qualified mediator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Outside of writing, theatre and cinema Paul’s interests are an eclectic mix. He is a single handicap golfer, Qualified county level Squash Coach and player, an RYA qualified day skipper, a Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner (white belt), a former professional drummer, a qualified racing driver (amateur level) and Level 4 California Superbike rider.