More Re: [XTalk] Violence
- Well, I rather doubt that Josephus was suggesting that James actually
broke any law. It seems to portray Ananus' actions as being
However, if you are asking why I think Ananus had James and others
killed, there are a number of possibilities.
First, I have heard some suggest that Ananus was jeolous of James and
James' success. I rather doubt this myself, as its only conjecture.
Second, perhaps James' Christology was too high, leading Ananus to
believe that James and the Jerusalem Church was engaging in blasphemy.
Unfortunately, we do not have much direct evidence about the Jerusalem
Church's Christology. Certainly Paul had a high Christology, and it
does not appear to have been a point of dispute between he and Peter
and James. However, even if the Jerusalem CHurch had a high
Christology like Paul's, we do not know how publically they would have
Third, perhaps Ananus took action against James and the others because
of their association with the Gentile mission. It was certainly
enough to get Paul in trouble, even though the indications are that
Paul followed the law carefully in Jerusalem.
Fourth, perhaps Ananus was angered by the Jerusalem Church's teaching
of the resurrection. As a Sadduccee, he would have very much
disagreed with the Christian teaching of the resurrection. Moreover,
the Jerusalem Church appears to have been publically proclaiming the
resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem. Claiming not only the existence
of the resurrection, but claiming to have proof of it through the
resurrection of Jesus might very well have provoked Ananus.
Acts 4:2 provides indicrect support for this possibility. According
to its author, Peter and John upset the Sanhedrin by preaching the
resurrection. That they were proclaiming the resurrection of someone
that the Sanhedrin likely had a hand in executing might have added
"The preset and the captain of the temple gaurd and the Sadducees came
up to Peter and John while they were speaking to hte people. They
were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people
and proclimaing in Jesus the resurrection of the dead."
Additionally, to the extent the author of Acts is accurate in stating
that many Pharisees joined them, this could also be seen as supporting
this last point. It tends to show that the early church stressed the
Finally, it could have been a combination of the above, or some
offense by James and the Jerusalem Church that simply escaped
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--- In crosstalk2@y..., "Peter Kirby" <kirby@e...> wrote:
> What laws do you think were broken by James and certain others?
> Peter Kirby
- I know this is off topic, however, during the past few days I noticed the
discussion going on about the use of copyrighhted material. Anyway, my
question is this, how do I properly cite a web page I used information from
in an academic paper. I am a student and an interested historical Jesus
individual. I realize this is off topic so please send reply to me off the
Thomas G. Barnes