Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
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03-06-2014, 12:59 PM
Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
Just wondering if there were other men walking around claiming to be "the christ/messiah" back during the time of the 1st century ce?
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03-06-2014, 11:31 PM
RE: Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
Wikipedia says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_messiah

Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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03-06-2014, 11:49 PM
RE: Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
How about Apollonius of Tyana?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollonius_of_Tyana

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04-06-2014, 08:07 AM
RE: Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
Josephus mentions many false messiahs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_messiah_claimants
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04-06-2014, 09:16 AM
RE: Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
(03-06-2014 12:59 PM)DeavonReye Wrote:  Just wondering if there were other men walking around claiming to be "the christ/messiah" back during the time of the 1st century ce?

All "messiah" literally means is "anointed one", which is a very generic term - "christos" is just the Greek for the same word, which was used even more broadly. So, there were plenty to whom the words in that sense were applied (ie pretty much any and every important person and or thing), but even the more specific Jewish notion of the Messiah had plenty of claimants.

Anyway, the entry of Rome into the eastern mediterranean kicked off the biggest surge of cultural contact since Alexander's day. Part of that was a flourishing of imported and syncretic religions. And Syria and Palestine were to syncretic cults as California is to new age religions...

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04-06-2014, 09:28 AM
RE: Where there other "christ figures" in the 1st century time period?
Thanks for the info, guys. Smile
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