A Short History Of Christianity by J. M. Robertson

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Hint is No ever given of anything said or done or felt by Jesus on the way from the Supper to the Mount, or in the interval between the Jewish and the Eoman trials. Such a narrative cannot have been originally composed for reading. A writer, whether inventing or reproducing hearsay, would have sought to explain the strangely protracted midnight procedure of the high priest and scribes and elders would have given some thought to the time necessary between event and event would have thought of the Lord in his dungeon.

Industry ; An equivalent statement to that of Tacitus found in the chronicle of Sulpicius Severus in the fifth century, where it is an expanded episode in the midst of an extremely curt epitome. The similarly suspicious passage on the same subject in Suetonius is put in further perplexity by the same writer's statement that in the reign of Claudius the Jews in Eome were constantly rioting, " Chrestus stirring them up " an expression which suggests, if anything, that there was on foot in Eome a common Jewish movement of Messianic aspiration, in which the Christ was simply expected as a deliverer, apart from any such special cult as that of Jesus.

I, BAELIEST CHEISTIAN SECTS 2] § 9 Nazarite in the old sense. It is indeed on record that some Jews made vows to " be a Nazarite when the Son of David should come "; and such were free to drink wine on Sabbaths, though not on week days. Such Nazarites could have consti- tuted the as the first sacramental assemblies of the Ghristists. Hebrew Nazir And had the meaning (Sept. Gr. Nazoraios) "consecrated" or "holy to the Lord," the early Gentile may very well have translated the word into their own languages instead of transliterating it.

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