"When I went to graduate school back in the Middle Pleistocene, my teachers and colleagues generally agreed that Jesus was Jewish but the early Church wasn't. Jesus was a wandering Galilean rabbim who made such a deep impression on his followers that after his (permanent) death, early Christian communities ascribed to him all sorts of divine honors. This posthumorus deification of the Galilean rabbi naturally violated the Jewish monotheistic faith. Jesus would have been shocked had he known about this blasphemy."
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This article was originally published in Trinity School for Ministry's Seed and Harvest newsletter in the Summer of 2011.