Re: Diss. on Ebionites
- Sakari Hakkinen:
> Having analyzed the texts I conclude that it is possible toI think your dissertation sounds flawless. And I'm pleased to see
> reconstruct a certain Ebionite Christology. It is also
> possible to present some Ebionite literature. With the help
> of the christology and literature it is possible to connect
> Ebionites to some other known Christian movements from the
> first three centuries. From this evidence it is, however,
> impossible to argue that Ebionites were direct heirs of the
> Jerusalem Christianity. The texts on Ebionies by the Church
> Fathers may not be used to describe the dogmas and practices
> of Earliest Christianity. That needs to be done some other way.
that you aren't drawing conclusions beyond the evidence.
But may I suggest that you might look into the texts that Ian
and I have been discussing. Theophilus, for instance.... if there
is any inference possible about Jesus from that "Christian"
text, it must be that (if interpolation possibility is ignored) he
was an inspired prophet like the other inspired prophets. Thus
Theophilus might be a good candidate to be himself an "Ebionite."
His is a "Christianity without soteriology" as I think you put it,
and (if) his Christology necessarily is that a divine spirit came
upon Jesus (which process he gives in some detail).