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By Joan E. Taylor

This e-book is a close exam of the literature and archaeology concerning particular websites (in Palestine, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Memre, Nazareth, Capernaum, and in different places) and the area in most cases. Taylor contends that the origins of those holy locations and the phenomenon of Christian pilgrimage might be traced to the emperor Constantine, who governed over the japanese Empire from 324. He contends that few locations have been truly real; an important genuine web site being the cave (not backyard) of Gethsemane, the place Christ was once most likely arrested. largely illustrated, this full of life new examine an issue formerly shrouded in obscurity should still curiosity scholars in students in a variety of disciplines.

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2. 2). The Elchasaite s were therdo re influe nce d by Jewish apocalyptic writings, a nd poss ib ly by jewish-Christians, but were not actually Jewish-Christian the mse lves. This se rves as an example of how comp lex the origin s of 50ca lled 'J ewish-C hristian' groups might be (even withollt ve nturin g into the problems of Pse udo-Clementine research). Ce rtainly, it is almost impossible 10 see in the plethora of possible lcwishC hristian groups any real case for the ir be ing a unified movement.

178) would cha ra cte rize Jews who be li eved in Chri st as having left th e a nces tra l law, dese rting 10 another name a nd anoth e r life (O ri ge n , COIllra CeiSlI /fI ii. I). In abandoning a Jewish life-s tyle, Jews within the Church fo llowed Paul. Hi s campa ign against th e maint e nance of J ewish prax is was a leitm oti v of hi s mi ssion. To Paul, th e praxis was irre leva nt und e r the new cove nant in which 'I he re is ne ither Jew nor G reek' (G al. 3 : 24). I-Ie wou ld unde rstand th e C hurch as the new Isra e l in which all we re Abraham 's seed (Ga l.

A Roman colollia)~() in which Jews form ed a large minorit y e thnic gro up . The prese nce of milllll ill such e nvironm e nt s, given the close proximit y of Gent iles. is hardly surpri sin g. Th e Relatives of Jeslls Two ot her tow ns in Ga lilee, Nazaret h and Kochaba , arc identified by Bagatl i as be ing predominantly occupied by Jewi sh-Christian s frolll th e first to th e beginning of th e fourth century; this ste ms fro m th e me ntion of Jesus' re latives living in these towns in the late seco nd ce ntury in the letter 10 Aristides by Julius Africanus (in Euseb iu s.

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