Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:38 pm
by RealityRules
spin wrote:
neilgodfrey wrote:(I think most of us know that "church" in the NT refers to an assembly.)
It seems rather hard when confronted with "the churches of Judea that are in Christ" [Gal 1:22] not to be swayed by later interpretations and ignore what the phrase actually says, which has no necessary direct connection to christianity at all.

Even if "the churches of Judea that are in Christ [Gal 1:22] ... has no necessary direct connection to christianity at all", that is likely to mean that Galatians 1 (and probably other "Pauline" texts) were co-opted into Christian texts ie. further supporting a hypothesis that Christianity is a 'constructed theology' and less likely to have been constructed around a real Jesus.