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The Ebionites: Early Jewish Christians


Ebionite Christians had an early copy of the Gospel of Matthew; they did not have the two first chapters (including the virgin birth), which were added by later Christians. They strongly believed that all the Old Testament Jewish Laws had to be obeyed; including the Sabbath and circumcision for all males. As such, they considered St Paul to be the archenemy of Christianity as he taught that people did not have to obey the Law in order to be saved. Pauline Christians eradicated the Ebionites, burnt all their books (none survived), and wrote volumes and volumes against them.

"If we were to guess which group was the more austere, holy and godly, we would have to guess it was the Ebionites rather than the Pauline Christians who slaughtered, slandered and oppressed them. Unfortunately the victors get to write history, and it is Pauline Christianity that became the legacy of the Roman Empire. After the fourth century, the Ebionites were vanquished."

Have you herd...


2008-01-16 05:33 am (UTC)

Have you herd of the Nazarene Essenes? If not you should look them up on the web. I think they are sometimes referred to as Ebionites. Hear is a really good site I know: http://www.thenazareneway.com/index.htm - They have the Gospel of the Nazarenes and other gnostic gospels as well as gospel Q. All around this is a good site to learn about different religions through their many links. There are actually many sites devouted to giving information about these ancient people. I have also stumbled across a couple mordern Nazarene movements in my searches. They claim that Jesus was in fact born Essene (ancient Jewish sect) in a community in Mount Carmel. They explain it on the site, you should check it out.


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