A History of Christianity in the Apostolic Age (1897)
by Arthur Cushman McGiffert (9780217670999)

A History of Christianity in the Apostolic Age (1897)
Arthur Cushman McGiffert
Release Date: 16 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 260
Category: Church History
ISBN: 9780217670999
ISBN-10: 0217670997

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II PRIMITIVE JEWISH CHRISTIANITY 1. The New Beginning The immediate effect of Jesus' crucifixion, according to our earliest sources, was the dispersion of his disciples.1 In spite of the fact that he had endeavored so to prepare them for his approaching death that they should not be thrown into confusion by it, but should immediately take up the work which he had begun and carry it on without interruption, when his death came it found them unprepared, and it left them apparently demoralized. Our sources do not warrant us in asserting positively that his disciples had no idea that he would die,2 but they make it clear that they were distressed and bewildered by his death. If it be assumed, then, that they did expect it, we must conclude that they had supposed it would be immediately followed by such a manifestation of God's power as should vindicate their faith in Jesus, and introduce the consummation of the kingdom for which they were looking, and upon which all their hopes were centred. We must conclude, in other words, that they believed his death would be but his translation into the heavenly sphere, in order that he might at once appear in glory as the conquering Messiah. For a death unaccompanied by any such manifestation they were certainly not prepared. Nor were they prepared for his bodily resurrection after three days and for his reappearance in the s:uue form which he had worn before his execution. There are, it is true, a number of passages in our sources in whichJesus is represented as explicitly telling bis disciples that he would rise from the dead after three days.1 But it is clear, in the light of their subsequent attitude, that they must have interpreted his words, if they attached any meaning to them, not as a promise of his reappearance to them ...

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