The Church Father Epiphanius in his doctrinal book, “Against Heresies,”

“The Nazarenes do not differ in any

essential thing from them (meaning

the Pharisees/Orthodox Jews), since

they practice the customs and

doctrines prescribed by Jewish Law;

except that they believe in Christ.

“They believe in the resurrection of the

dead, and that the universe was

created by God. They preach that God

is One, and that Jesus Christ is His


“They are very learned in the Hebrew

language. They read the Law (meaning

the Law of Moshe)…. Therefore they

differ…from the true Christians

because they fulfill until now (such)

Jewish rites as the circumcision, (the)

Sabbath, and others.”

[The Church Father Epiphanius in his

doctrinal book, “Against Heresies,”

Panarion 29, 7, Page 41, 402]

Since the Church Father Epiphanius asserted that the

Nazarenes were “heretics”, we know that the Roman

Church was not friendly towards the Nazarenes.

Further, although the Roman Empire was officially

tolerant to other religions, it was less than a century

after Constantine converted to Christianity when the

Roman Christians began to stigmatize and then

‘officially disallow’ the Nazarenes. The Roman Church

had formally disallowed the Sabbath approximately fifty

years earlier, circa 336 CE, when the Emperor

Constantine issued an edict stating that Christians

must not “Judaize” by resting on the Sabbath, but that

they must rest on “the Lord’s Day” (i.e., Sunday).

“Christians must not ‘Judaize’ by

resting on the Sabbath; but must work

on that day, honoring rather the Lord’s

Day (‘Sun’ day) by resting, if possible,

as Christians.

However, if any (Nazarene) be found

‘Judaizing’, let them be shut out from

Christ.” (Other translations read, “Let

them be anathema to Christ.”)

[The Church of Imperial Rome; Council

of Laodicea under the Emperor

Constantine; Canon 29, circa 336 CE]

Three hundred years after Yeshua both preached and

healed on the seventh-day Sabbath, the Sabbath had

been officially banned by the Church of Rome.

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