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Re: The Existence of Jesus

Aug 07, 1996 09:00 AM
by Dr. A.M.Bain

In message <>, Jerry Hejka-Ekins
<> writes
>However, such
>a debate between the Jews and the Christian sects in the early
>first century would have made sense, and must have occurred.  But
>such debates we not preserved by the Jews nor the Christians (who
>have no documentation of this nature whatsoever for this period).

A simple opinion (my own, but shared by others no doubt) is that such
debates could not have occurred for the reason that in the early first
century all "Christians" were also kinds of "Jews."  The earliest
Christian Church of all was at Jerusalem, probably surving the
destruction of the Temple, but maybe not, until the Bar Kochba rebellion
of 135, when the Romans threw them all out.  This was headed by James
(Jacob) "The Brother of the Lord" and Paul had to get their approval for
his own work - which took place in the early first century.  Some of the
members of this Mother Church were also Pharisees, according to the N.T.

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