Category Archives: Ebionites

The Ebionite Christian Church, part 2

What role would an Ebionite Christian Church play — why would anyone want to form one at all? The main reason is to provide a place for ethical vegetarianism in Christianity. The Ebionites, whatever else you may say about them, … Continue reading

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The Ebionite Christian Church

A reader of this blog recently asked, “When are we going to form the ECC (Ebionite Christian Church)? Or maybe EUC, Ebionite Universal Church?” Many vegetarians and vegans who come from the Christian tradition find that there isn’t really a … Continue reading

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Islam on Christian Factionalism

Factionalism in the early church is baffling to many people. Sometimes, important realities about a religion are more visible to outsiders than to the participants themselves — or even to the scholars of those religions.  To early Islam, the factionalism … Continue reading

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Factionalism in the Early Church

Christianity was shattered into many different factions at an unusually early stage. What do scholars make of the huge multiplicity of different Christian groups? For example, what caused it? Any ideas, scholars? Or anyone else? For me, this is a … Continue reading

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“Disciples” is published

My new book, Disciples: How Jewish Christianity Shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church (Apocryphile Press, 2013) has now been published. You can order it on Amazon here. (I will not be selling it through my website.) A book about the … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a Zealot? Part II

Reza Aslan’s Zealot provocatively places Matthew 10:34 as the book’s motto: “I bring not peace, but the sword.” What was the attitude of the early followers of Jesus towards violence? One might conclude from the title and the motto that … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a Zealot? Part I

It’s a pleasure to encounter a book about Jesus that acknowledges the critical importance of Jesus’ disruption of the animal sacrifice business in the last week of his life; that acknowledges that Jesus was a Jew and tries to understand … Continue reading

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“Disciples” revised cover and index

Disciples will likely be published by Thanksgiving. In the meantime, here is the revised cover for the book, and the terms which we will have in the index. The page numbers, of course, will mean nothing to you because the … Continue reading

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This Just In: Ancient Temple was a Slaughterhouse!

Well, surprise, surprise! According to a recent archeological report, the ancient temple in Jerusalem was a slaughterhouse that powered the local economy. The animals sacrificed came from both near and far away, which “confirms visions of the temple depicted in … Continue reading

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“Disciples” Coming Soon

My forthcoming book, Disciples: How Jewish Christianity Shaped Jesus and Shattered the Church, will be published about November 1 probably before Thanksgiving likely by December 9. We also now have a better idea of what the cover will look like … Continue reading

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