Originally posted by ahosyney
I hope whodey reads this articles. It might tell him what some christians in the 1st century believed.
The majority of Church Fathers are in agreement in claiming that the Ebionites rejected many of the central Christian views of Jesus such as the pre-existence, divinity, virgin birth, atoning death, and physical resurrection of Jesus. The Ebionites a as anointed with the holy spirit at his baptism.
Did you read the wiki story of the Ebionites?
"THE EARLIEST reference to a group that fits the description of the Ebionites appears in a text by Justin Martyr from 140. An unwarrented sect is mentioned that WAS estranged from the church and observed the Law of Moses, which it regarded as a universal obligation."
It seems that this group split form the church according to Wiki. I was looking for the theology that began the church more than I was heretical offshoots. Some of their beliefs seem to have been that Chrsit was the archangel Michael who was incarnated in Jesus and then was adopted as the Son of God. Perhaps this is where the Jehova Witness theology came about in regards to this teaching? It also is rather disappointing to see that the only texts from which they seem to have agreed with is the gospel of Matthew, referred to as the Gospel of the Hebrews. "This version of Matthew, Irenaius reports, omitted the first two chapters (on the nativity of Jesus), and started with the baptism of Jesus by John". Perhaps this was because they disagreed with some of the theological teachings in Matthew such as the virgin birth in the beginning chapters of Matthew so they simply chose to edit it out? I also wonder what they thought of Christ ressurecting at the end of Matthew? I will have to do more study as to the version of Matthew that they adhered to. As for their own writings, the ones that are of the earliest appear to have been written in the 3rd century which are "The Recognitions of Clement" and "The Clementine Homilies". I was hoping for some earlier writings indicating what the original 12 thought and believed.
As far as the original 12, it says that the closest link to the 12 was James the Just who was not one of the original 12. Granted, he was a relative of Jesus, however, he was not one of the original 12. What is said about James the Just is that he was one of the founders of the Jerusalem church. Then later the Ebionites became an offshoot of this church.
All in all I would say that the Ebionites come closer to the disciples than the gnostics, however, I am still largely unimpressed.