re: the early church
On Sat, 15 Aug 1998, Joel Mason wrote:
> Paul never did work in Syria.
This is not what the Bible says.
> That is way outside his jurisdiction.
He had no jurisdiction.
> Could a marshal from Toronto serve warrants in Detroit? Law and Order
> existed in the time of Paul as well. Damascus was "down" from
> Jerusalem which means down the Jericho road in the region of the Dead
> Sea (cf. Eusebius, Josephus, etc).
Yes, I'm aware of this theory, but, sorry, I don't share it.
> Check the Recognitions of Clement Book I for more information on Paul
> and his relations with the early followers of Jesus and Gamaliel.
I'm aware of this too.
> Jesus and his brothers evidently were attempting to throw off the
> Herodian priesthood much like the Maccabean brothers had cleansed the
> Temple in their generation.
This is a minority view.
> The leadership of the early Church went not to Paul (much to his
But Paul was persecuting the Church. Did you forget this part?
> not to Peter (as the gospel accounts would have us believe),
> but to James the Just, Jesus own brother which Eusebius and Jerome and
> others find incredibly embarrassing but in the earliest sources
Yes, this is well known.
> It is turning out to be an embarrassment for Jesus Seminar and Pauline
> Christian scholars of our day
Your view only.
> as well as they continue to debate as historical fact what is in
> reality a historical mythology founded by Paul through his ecstatic
> visions interpreted through his Merkhabh mysticism (cf. Paul the
> Convert by Alan F. Segal).
Thank you for your views.
Yuri Kuchinsky || Toronto
The goal proposed by Cynic philosophy is apathy, which is
equivalent to becoming God -=O=- Julian