The holy bible......<quoted text>
Doesn't matter what some protestant commentator says, nor you. Scripture never says a word about Jesus establishing Christianity, it only says He built His Church.. And an important part of His statement is the fact that He said "MY Church" not "a" church. AND He says His Church will be visible, seen by the world, not just some invisible group of people connected by their faith in the bible alone. Sorry Preston.
If BROTHER means COUSIN, then maybe CHURCH means SYNAGOGUE.
NAZARETH in the NT, but not recorded anywhere else during this era.
......remember everything written in the bible is opposite of what it really means.
It was the catholic fathers way of placing secret codes into the bible, and hoping 2,000 years later that someone like me, might crack it.
..........Nazareth, The City That Never Was
.......The evidence for a 1st century town of Nazareth does not exist – not literary, not archaeologically, and not historically.
......Biblical scholars and clergy alike have always had difficulty accepting the possibility that at the time of Jesus there was no city called “Nazareth.” They have always resisted this possibility and sometimes, quite vigorously.
.......The Encyclopaedia Biblica, a work written by theologians, and perhaps the greatest biblical reference work in the English language, says: "We cannot venture to assert that there was a city of Nazareth in Jesus' time."
.......Nazareth is not mentioned in any historical records or biblical texts of the time and receives no mention by any contemporary historian. Nazareth is not mentioned in the Old Testament, the Talmud (the Jewish law code), nor in the Apocrypha and it does not appear in any early rabbinic literature.
......Nazareth was not included in the list of settlements of the tribes of Zebulon (Joshua 19:10-16) which mentions twelve towns and six villages, and Nazareth is not included among the 45 cities of Galilee that were mentioned by Josephus (37AD-100AD), a widely traveled historian who never missed anything and who voluminously describes the region. The name is also missing from the 63 towns of Galilee mentioned in the Talmud.
......The first reference to Nazareth is in the New Testament where it can be found 29 different times. However, there is still cause for speculation as to whether or not the city existed at the time of Jesus. It is mentioned only in the Gospels and Acts. These books do refer to Nazareth, but they did not originate at this time, they are later writings. The earlier writings of the NT (Paul etc) mention Jesus 221 times - BUT NEVER MENTION, Nazareth.
Whatever you read in the bible just think the OPPOSITE. You will be closer to the truth.