Goulder's Two Mission Hypothesis

Robert Brenchley RSBrenchley at aol.com
Thu Apr 6 12:12:29 EDT 2000

Ron Price writes: ...These were not separate groups. After all, when the 
>crunch came, Peter submitted to the authority of the leader of the 
>Christian Jews in Jerusalem, ie James.

Yes, but this was at a time when the Jerusalem church was run by three 
'pillars' (Gal 2:9). Paul does not say that James was the leader, or that 
Peter 'submitted' to him, though this seems reasonable as an 
interpretation. What happened subsequently, though? Did Peter remain a 
leader at Jerusalem, or go his own separate way? There certainly seem to 
have been tensions there.

>There is a tenuous connection between Matthew and Jamesin the 
>similarities between the Sermon on the Mount and the Epistle of James.

Yes, there is a tenuous connection between the two documents, and likewise 
Matthew's emphasis on righteousness mirrors James' nickname. Righteousness 
was a common Jewish emphasis, however, and the connection between the 
Epistle and James the Just seems equally tenuous! Is this any more than the 
fact that these were all zealous Jews of a particular era?


Robert Brenchley

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