Every week or so in the past I began to explain how I’m pondering of one in every of my future books, that I’m tentatively calling The Battle for the Bible. The e-book (if I write it) might be about how Christians obtained the Previous Testomony and noticed the Previous Testomony as *their* e-book relatively than the Jews’, who had misinterpreted it and given up (with out their information) any declare to it. My argument is that this dispute is what in the end led to the historical past of anti-Judaism amongst Christians, which is ultimately what led centuries later to anti-semitism.
It should take a very long time within the e-book to indicate the way it labored – it’s an advanced subject. In my first two posts I acknowledged the thesis in its bald phrases, and I acquired a number of destructive feedback about it by readers who thought it will probably’t be that easy. And naturally they’re proper. It’s not. However I haven’t began to clarify the way it all labored. You must see the entire system earlier than you’ll be able to inform whether or not it really works or not. (I’ve simply spent three days in in Pythagorio on the Greek Island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagorus, the well-known Greek thinker and mathematician. In the event you have been to inform an individual who knew completely nothing about math that with a proper triangle the sq. of the hypotenuse is the same as the sum of the sq. of the 2 different sides, they’d assume you have been nuts. You must present it and clarify it earlier than it is sensible. So too any historic view. You may’t simply state it and anticipate anybody to purchase it. You must present how and why it really works….)
Anyway, my proposal to myself won’t adducing all of the proof, however it will likely be doing extra of that then I’ve achieved up to now. My complete proposal is about 8000 phrases lone, and so this may take a couple of extra posts not less than to put out the skeleton of the case. Right here’s the subsequent bit. (In the event you’re not remembering the lead-in, see the 2 earlier posts https://ehrmanblog.org/why-do-christians-have-an-old-testament-another-trade-book/ and https://ehrmanblog.org/is-the-old-testament-a-christian-book/)
The story of the way it occurred – how Christians, in impact, co-opted the Jewish Bible – is each traditionally intriguing and socially tragic. One a part of my e-book will discover the historic intrigue; the opposite the social tragedy.
An Early Christian Conundrum: Is the Hebrew Bible A part of the Christian Scripture?
First I need to take care of the all-important prior query I’ve already alluded to. If, very early of their historical past, Christians selected to bypass exactly the legal guidelines and directions the Bible enjoins on the individuals of God, why did they see any utility of getting the Previous Testomony in any respect? If it was outdated, why not merely jettison it altogether?
Early Christians took quite a lot of totally different approaches to that query. One view might be assigned to the historic Jesus himself and his very earliest followers – the disciples and their converts. These have been Jews …
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