“Nazarenes”. What were they like, and how did their beliefs differ from the Roman based model that sprang up later? Even from the Catholic fathers, we are given some tantalizing clues:

“But these sectarians…did not call themselves Christians, but “Nazarenes,” however they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do…They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion, except for their belief in the Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that His Son is Y’shua the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law, Prophets and the…Writings…are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with the Jews for they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered with the Law—circumcision and the Sabbath, and the rest—they are not in accord with Christians…They have the Good News according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written.”
Epiphanus; Panarion 29 (fourth century)

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