Re: Early Christian Communites
- I'm trying to use recent posts to help construct a picture of what the
Jesus communities might have looked like pre-70. I'm assuming that there were
probably two centres for his followers in the earliest days, Jerusalem and
Galilee, with different agendas. The people in Galilee - out in the sticks,
in a mixed Jewish/Gentile community where most Jews were probably more
interested in getting on with their neighbours than with the finer points of
Torah - tended to see Jesus as a prophet or wise man, uttering words of
divine wisdom, and this understanding eventually led them to make collections
of sayings attributed to Jesus. Q and Thomas go back to different strands
within this broad grouping.
In Jerusalem, people were more interested in Torah, the Temple, and
Messianic expectations, the Crucifixion caused a crisis which had to be
explained (Galilee was a long way away and the people there don't seem to
have been that interested. They always killed the prophets, after all) and
I'm assuming the resurrection story had a Jerusalem origin. Quarrels over
Torah and the Temple led to a split developing between the James group, which
remained in Jerusalem, and the Paulines, who go back to the Hellenists who
fled. Post-70, I suspect there was probably more awareness of the diversity
of traditions, as Matthew and Luke incorporate Q material within material
which derives ultimately from the Jerusalem tradition.
Am I on the right lines, or does anyone have any great issue with this?
Please forgive my ignorance.
PS I had assumed Mark 16:7 to be an interpolation intended to get Peter
off the hook. In the light of the above, could it have a second purpose; to
affirm the Galilee communities?