The fabrication of the Christ myth by Harold Leidner

By Harold Leidner

My prestige is that of an informed layman who has
devoted decades to check the literature bearing on
Christian origins and early Christianity. This enterprise
would maybe be the similar of acquiring educational
degrees within the box. even if, i don't have the
imprimatur of the students within the institution.
Moreover, i've been ended in conclusions that considerably
challenge the doctrines and positions of the hot
Testament institution, as is obvious from the
content of this e-book.

- Harold Leidner, writer

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The fabrication of the Christ myth

My prestige is that of an informed layman who has
devoted a long time to review the literature bearing on
Christian origins and early Christianity. This enterprise
would maybe be the identical of acquiring educational
degrees within the box. notwithstanding, i don't have the
imprimatur of the students within the institution.
Moreover, i've been resulted in conclusions that substantially
challenge the doctrines and positions of the recent
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content of this e-book.

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The community envisaged by the Dead Sea Scrolls and trans­ lated into reality at Qumran is in no sense Christian, and holds none of the fundamental theological doctrines of the Christian faith. "2 A further inference would be that if all derived from Qumran, and nowhere else, then perchance the Jerusalem members knew nothing of "Jesus of Nazareth" since the Qumran members also knew nothing of him. A. Powell-Davies, another early writer on the scrolls, was in substantial agreement with Gaster and noted many linkages between Jerusalem and Qumran.

It is Paul, the brilliant diaspora Jew, who in the end was worsted by his opponents. Further insights as to the daily life of the sect can gleaned from other passages in Paul's epistles. He speaks of "collections for the saints" that is, the Jerusalem church. He also reminds his readers, rather bluntly, that he too requires support from the collections. In Galatians he is the sworn enemy of the Law, but at this earlier stage he finds a good word to say for it: "For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn .

These men may have been originally the urban C HA P T E R 3 41 brethren of the hardier souls that betook themselves to Qumran and to other camp settlements in the Desert of Judah. " 1 Abruptly, we have a "window" opening to an alternate starting point for the Jerusalem church, and an alternate line of development. If Gaster is correct, the sect was not started by the Galilean disciples of "Jesus of Nazareth" but was an offshoot of the Qumran brethren, sharing their beliefs and literature and organization.

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