Hello! My name is Anders Branderud, and I am 23 years old and live in Sweden.
This post will be about the historical Jesus. Who was he? Did he or his followers create a new religion?
According to historical scholarship [sources: see at the bottom of this post] he practised what corresponds to today’s Orthodox Judaism all his life. His followers were called Netzarim (Hellenized to "Nazarenes") – that is Hebrew [it means offshoot (especially from the root or trunk of an olive tree)] and is a name in the Jewish Bible that is used for Messiah.
By practising Torah non-selectively, just like the historical Jesus did, one makes the world a better place to live in!
During the first century those who practised Judaism were very devoted their religion. Just like King David and all other Jews throughout history they practised Torah (Instruction) – the Instructions of the Creator – with joy! The most prominent university professors in this field Prof. Elisha Qimron , author of the most authoritative treatise on 4Q MMT, demonstrates that all three of the major sects of first century Judaism followed both written and oral Torah.
Louis Feldman (”The Omnipresence of the G*od-Fearers,” Biblical Archaeology Review, 1986.09-10, p. 45, 58ff) observes: “the Jews were apparently extraordinarily successful in winning converts”
Year 7 B.C.E Ribi Yehoshua were born in Bethlehem. His father name was Yoseif and his mothers name was Miriam. His parents were practising Jews.
The research of world-recognized authorities in this area implies that Ribi Yehoshua was a Pharisee (a Torah-practising Jewish group - who according to 4Q MMT practised both written and oral Torah). As the earliest church historians, most eminent modern university historians, our web site (www.netzarim.co.il) and our Khavruta (Distance Learning) texts confirm, the original teachings of Ribi Yehoshua were not only accepted by most of the Pharisaic Jewish community, he had hoards of Jewish students.
He took care of sick and he and his followers prayed in what corresponds to today’s Orthodox synagogues. The genealogically non-priest, Hellenist “Wicked Priest” Temple-Sadducees felt that their power was threaten by Ribi Yehoshua. They decided to get him crucified by the Romans. The Romans convicted and crucified Ribi Yehoshua year 30 C.E.
Ribi Yehoshua’s followers Netzarim were expelled from Jerusalem 135 C.E: together with all other Jews. The first Christian bishop Markos replaced the fifteenth leader of Netzarim. This Christian bishop didn’t have permission to do this. What the Paul the apostate and later the founder of Christianity did was to take some concepts that Ribi Yehoshua had taught; they distorted the concepts and included them in the religion which they practiced – Hellenism – the religion of the Greeks. (Sources: See Ecclesiastical History (EH IV.v.1-4; EH V.xii.1) )
Anyone educated in this field knows that the only sect of Judaism that had rabbis was the Pharisee and even the Christian NT described him as a rabbi. Parkes, Bagatti, Wilson, Charlesworth; all world-recognized authorities in this area leave no doubt that Ribi Yehoshua was a Pharisee, of the school of Hileil - who was also Pharisee. There is no serious dispute about that among scholars in the field. Ribi Yehoshua taught in "synagogues"; which were a strictly Pharisee institution.
Following the teachings of the Judaic Mâshiakh (Messiah) Ribi Yehoshua – that is doing one’s utmost to practice the 613 commandments of Torah - also brings the inner joy, purpose and happiness of working intimately with him to bring about, and participate in, the Messianic era, enjoying a higher level of communion with ha-Sheim - the Creator - as party to Yirmeyâhu's (Jeremiah’s) New Covenant.
If you want to learn about the Historical Ribi Yehoshua, whom Orthodox Jews can live with (witness the Netzarim Jews in Raanana, Israel, members in good standing in an Orthodox synagogue), you must start with books like How Jesus Became Christian by Prof. Barrie Wilson (most bookstores) and Who Are The Netzarim? (publ. www.schuellerhouse.com) by Israeli Orthodox Jew, Paqid Yirmeyahu Ben-David.
From Anders Branderud
Geir Toshav, Netzarim in Ra’anana in Israel (www.netzarim.co.il) whom is followers of Ribi Yehoshua – the Messiah – in Orthodox Judaism
A Jew he was and judaism he did practise to begin with (no one is disputing your theories) but he equally led his followers on to a new age of worshipping God and that is not a bad thing as far as i am concerned. And Christianity wasn't started by an apostle as you put it...Christians were the followers of JESUS CHRIST and his teachings and those who came to be called apostles were the assistants who worked with him and continued with his ministry.
I do not dispute nor doubt some of your theories but whiles there might be similarities in the TORAH and the BIBLE, and the practise of JUDAISM and CHRISTIANITY (something that might allude as you rightly said that Jesus was born a Jew) there are clear and huge differences too. So how can you say he didn't start something new?
Modern day Christianity was founded predominantly on what we call the NEW TESTAMENT. Wth Jesus arrival, the Moseac era of having an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth was done away with. Instead Christains had to forgive and pray for their enemies. The TEN commandments bind us all but he went further and gave us the BEATITUDES. The old testament said not to engage with the unclean but Jesus embraced the Gentiles and did not cast out lepers. He gave to CAESAR what was for CAESAR and gave to God what was for God and he also performed miracles and talked about the Kingdom of heaven something the Pharisees never liked. Theirs was an old establishment of Pharisees, Sadducees and Levites... Law makers, scribes and holy men and they called the shots.
With Jesus arrival, it was a free for all as far as Salvation went and we all became worthy of God's grace and equal sons and daughters in God's sight. It is not an establishment that has to be upheld, it is a faith.
Even if Jews think it is not something new, i believe all good relgions are aiming at the same perfection in the eyes of someone much mightier and greater. And any leaders who came about be it Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna and Buddha et all were all in the business of leading followers to human kindliness and peace. Surely there can be no contest there in who is authentic and who is not?
THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.