george murphy wrote:
> Whether Jesus rose from the dead, performed miracles, was the
> Messiah, &/or Son of God, &c - i.e., all the theological claims which
> Christians have made about Jesus - is another matter. These are the
> beliefs that many people in various ways have attributed to hellenistic
> mystery cults and so forth.
You are doubtless more knowledgeable about this than I, but I suspect that
this type of criticism is best answered by looking at the cultural
likelihood of such beliefs arising in 1st century Judaism, especially after
the execution of the leader of the movement. There were many messiah
figures in the 1st century AD and BC in Judea and Galilee, none had such
stories associated with the birth, life and death.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Tue Jun 12 2001 - 05:37:40 EDT