Dr. Bruce Chilton, Author, The Jewish Roots of Christianity

Dr. Bruce Chilton, Author, The Jewish Roots of Christianity

  • Dr. Bruce Chilton is a scholar of Early Christianity and Judaism.

 

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Overview

Religion is the opium of people. Karl Marx said this, and he was not wrong. The importance of religion in our society is unequal to anything. Politics and even economics are affected by religious ideologies. Judaism and Christianity are religions that are very close to each other in terms of their birth during the Common Era.

Today’s guest, Dr. Bruce Chilton, is an Author and is a scholar of Early Christianity and Judaism. He discusses the early myths and facts of the origins of Christianity and Judaism. He separates the facts about Early Christianity and Judaism from the plethora of accurate and inaccurate information we have today.

00:31- About Dr. Bruce Chilton

  • Dr. Bruce Chilton is a scholar of Early Christianity and Judaism.
  •  Dr. Bruce has written a number of books, including The Rabi Jesus, The Rabi Paul, and Mary Magdalene: A Biography.
  • He has also authored Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and The Herods: Murder, Politics, and the Art of Succession.

03:01- Who is Jesus?

  • He is best defined as being a prophetic figure within Galilean Judaism.
  • The Herods shows Jesus in the political landscape of his time and tells us about the political setting and Jesus’ place in that setting.
  • The Herods examines how Jesus’ death is a result of an alliance between Herod to Antipas. And Pontius Pilate.
  • Herod the Great was able to use his influence in Rome, to be named actually as king of Judea.

10:10- Destruction of the Second Temple and its consequences

  • There was agreement that the temple in Jerusalem was where the God of Israel was to be worshiped by sacrifice and was run by the priesthood
  • Along with Jews offering sacrifice as per Torah, the Romans expected non followers of Judaism to offer sacrifices in the name of Roman Magistrates.
  • The Temple was destroyed when a faction of priestly nationalists decided to stop offering sacrifices in the name of Magistrates.
  • The destruction of the Temple led to extraordinary renewed emphasis upon the Torah, as an interior possession.

22:58 – How can one discern between the spirit of the Original Law and what was eventually written down?

  • The biographies of people of that period can tell give clear clues as to who the conduit of information was at a given time.
  • Figures such as Mary Magdalene, Peter, The 12, apostles, James, whom I mentioned, Paul, and Barnabas, have their particular agendas in the way that all conduits of information do.
  • I am looking particularly at them, and I’m asking the question, what they knew precisely about Jesus’s Aramaic teachings?

27:50- Fundamentalism and its effects

  • Fundamentalism was designed at the end of the 19th century, in the United States, by Benjamin War field to counter the teaching of Charles Darwin.
  • It is not a Biblical movement but a reaction to Modernism and has influenced Judaism, Islam and even Economists.
  • It opens the prospect of reducing reality to an ideological model, and it is a form of idolatry.

33:04- Do you take solace in lessons of the Bible?

  • One of the fundamentals of Fundamentalism is that Jesus resurrected in the same physical body, which is not true.
  • When you make assertions like that, you attempt to shut down anyone who does not agree with your own particular point of view.
  • The engine of the divide and incivility is the insistence that only the particular ideological package I subscribe to is the correct one. One claims that facts must be wrong if they are not in accordance to one’s own ideologies.

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  • Dr. Bruce Chilton is a scholar of Early Christianity and Judaism.
  •  Dr. Bruce has written a number of books including The Rabi Jesus, The Rabi Paul, and Mary Magdalene: A Biography.
  • He has also authored Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and The Herods: Murder, Politics, and the Art of Succession.

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