Jewish-Christian Gospels/Different views of different Gospels.

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Religion 313Reading: Jewish-Christian Gospels2-14-08The title, “Jewish-Christian,” originates from the fact that the authors of these Gospels considered themselves to be Christians whom were deeply rooted in Judaism. I found the fact that none of these gospels are in existence today, and the only source of these gospels is references and quotations from them in other works of Christian authors. The fact that these gospels do not exist, caused me to question the validity of studying these gospels, as there is no direct source, and the current knowledge of the gospels is incomplete.

The Gospels of the Hebrews contains distinctive Christology, according to our text. This gospel was written sometime in the second century, and there is no information as to where the gospel originated from. The genre of this gospel is difficult to determine, other than that it contained narrative. There are many areas of uncertainty in the roots of this gospel, the contents and structure cannot be determined, so other than just knowing that it existed, there is not much else that is clear.

In the Gospels of the Hebrews, there are many characteristic that the authors are trying to portray. The beginning states that both Jesus, and his mother existed in heaven, before coming to earth. The phrase, “mighty power in the heavens,” is used, and I believe this to be a trace of Gnosticism that the author was trying to convey. Also, as I stated above, there is distinctive Christology in this gospel, which I believe is conveyed by the author(s) idea of Divine wisdom.

The Gospel of the Ebionites, originated from the quotations from the church father Epiphanius of Salamis. The title, because there are no records of a previous one, came from the fact that all the citations were from Epiphanius. One of the...