Thursday, January 8, 2015

ANF 5: Hippolytus Expository Treatise Against the Jews

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

Hippolytus: Works and Fragments II.--Dogmatical and Historical: Expository Treatise Against the Jews

This work is interesting in its approach, if not necessarily in its substance. With that said, there's really no reason not to read it, since it weighs in at just under three pages ("The Conclusion is Wanting"). The idea is that Hippolytus is going to witness to the Jews by pointing out how His words and life are the fulfillment of the Old Testament--which of course they admit is the Word of God. Which means that the bulk of this is simply quotations from the OT and Apocrypha, which means it may not be strictly necessary to read--but again at only three pages why not read it?

2 comments:

  1. Christianity created anti-Semitism mainly because it needed a tool to countervail the power of Judaism and, if possible, destroy it.

    The many writings by so called Christian ad-hoc "Saints", like Hippolytus among many others, proves how weak the Christian dogma was and, naturally, continues to be to this very day.

    As we all know, the four "approved" gospels were written by people that did not know Jesus. They are basically works of fiction, often contradicting one another, that are presented as truth by those that decided to believe in the Christian fairy tale, cost what may.

    As Christians love to say, "Hail Mary" referring to the virgin Jewish mother of Jesus, the itinerant Jewish preacher who was merely a revolutionary Rabbi that the Sanhedrin did not agree with nor liked his ideas.

    The inconvenient truth is that Jesus never intended to create a new religion. That was the idea of Saul of Tarsus (later self-baptized Paul and much later promoted to Saint Paul) and his associate Peter (the first Pope, later promoted to Saint Peter). They invented Christianity but paid dearly for their creation.

    This is the true story of the creation of Christianity - Popes and all before Martin Luther came around to denounce the Vatican and all its abuses.

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  2. Thanks for reading/commenting!
    A few things:
    1) Christians clearly didn't "invent" Antisemitism. There were Jews and people who hated Jews long before there were any Christians around.
    2) There of course are weaker and stronger Christian writings, just as you find in everything human. There are weaker and stronger novels, weaker and stronger Muslim apologetics; weaker and stronger Jewish theology, and so on. This neither proves nor disproves the truth of anything.
    3) "As we all know" presumably does not include a significant portion of the Scholarly community. Check out Bauckham's "Jesus and the Eye Witnesses" both for a good summary of the debate and for some of the most recent scholarship ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0802863906/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0802863906&linkCode=as2&tag=nearanfacpag-20&linkId=ORISR4JVFPSOJLTH )
    The short version is, no one beyond the Jesus Seminar kooks really thinks that we don't have a good guide to the life of Jesus largely written by people who were there.
    4) I'm quite happy not to say "Hail Mary," that's idolatry.
    5) You're sort-of right that Jesus never intended to create a new religion--he came "not to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17) That is, his goal was not to establish something new but to complete the promises already made--to establish the true Israel through His own death. It's true that Paul and Peter (to say nothing of James, Jude, and the author of Hebrews) did help to develop the faith, but they are quite clear that they taught nothing original to themselves, only passing along what had been revealed to them in the first place. (See 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 1:1-3)
    6) Um, yes? There have been lots of folks even before Luther who denounce the Vatican and its abuses. Even later in this volume of the ANF Fathers we have Cyprian, pastor of a congregation in Carthage, rebuking the Roman church for various practices he disagrees with.

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