And actually there are very few contemporary records of romans of the period, and those include only those already famous in their life times. Christ never was famous or well known in his life, or even after it for some time. In fact he was unknown to people, until the few days surrounding his death, except to the locals who walked with him listened to him and observed him. Some of these loved him, some hated what he was saying. Iam sure some wrote letters some wrote diaries some recorded his sayings These seem to no longer exist as many historical documents no longer exist but his life lived on in the folowers in the local area who quickly spread the message out into the surounding areas. Paul was writing to churches of these members. He didnt create the "mythology"/story of christ, or the churches, or the followers of christ. They already existed and had done, from 30AD They began as " christian jews" because christ was a jew.
With Paul's work the gospel spread to non jews and they became the principle audience, because they were more open to conversion than the already very devout jews, many of whom who saw christ as a blasphemer, or at the very least as a "very naughty boy." The later christians did wrong inpersecuting the jews but then the jews had always been persecuted for example by the romans.
The catholic church misunderstood the relationship between christ, judaism, and christianity. Judaism is the birth place and cornerstone of christianty, and christ would have been impossible without its background.and history.
You don't think there's a good reason to call Jesus a blasphemer? It wasn't just because Jesus spoke against the Rabbi's or even because he said that he was the only route to heaven. Other people said many similar things and they were not killed for saying those things. Jesus was killed because he claimed to be the messiah, he claimed, as well as others that he would save the Jewish people along with the whole world. I's plausible that the Rabbis would have to have some sort of proof, so the easiest way for proof is to kill him, if he was the messiah, there would be no way G-d would allow him to be killed, even Jesus understood this, which is why he says "G-d, oh G-d, why have you forsaken me?" which is also a reference to the dubious Psalm 22 (1.Not Prophecy, just poetry 2.Mistranslated references). Jesus is shocked and horrified that he is being killed. He had no idea he was going to be killed, despite earlier foreshadowing in the story. Honestly though, I feel like the entire story of how Jesus is so hated, later sought after and ultimately killed and the details that make up this story are all completely made up and are made to fit with mostly mis translated and ex-contextual excerpts from the Tanakh and the Torah. I can almost feel a Zechariah argument coming on, so i'm gonna preempt this one and just tell you that this one is taken out of context, the basis for this is apparent when you read the chapter in it's entirety.
Edited by brizink, 28 April 2013 - 10:12 AM.