Saturday, 22 February 2014

AN UNEXPECTED HELPER

“It is difficult to overestimate the effects of Paul’s assault on Christians in Jerusalem, provoked as it was by Stephen’s attack on the Temple and “Moses.” Believers from Jerusalem were scattered throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria and beyond the borders of the land of Israel to the safety of Damascus and Antioch. Had these events not occurred, Christianity may have remained a Jerusalem-based sect to be swept away in the Roman invasion of 66-70 together with groups like the Essenes and the Sadducees.”

The Birth of Christianity p32

“Luke does not inform us when oral teaching began to be committed to written text. This may have begun soon after the first Easter and been given significant impetus by Saul’s persecution. If the apostles had been killed, their oral didache would have died with them”

The Birth of Christianity p97