I am a Nazarene. What's that? This is how the Church Father Epiphanius of Salamis describes us:
And Jerome:Panarion 29.7.2-4 wrote:...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 Christ, 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 Jesus Christ... They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Christ; but since they are still fettered by the Law – circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest – they are not in accord with the Christians.
On. Is. 8:14 wrote:The Nazarenes... accept Messiah in such a way that they do not cease to observe the old Law.
Basically my sect falls under the classification of "Messianic Judaism". The Nazarene sect was the earliest "Christian" sect, and hence the sect of the Apostles, which was predominent up until the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE. While there are few of us left today (after 70 CE most of us were absored into the Assyrian Church of the East), we differ from other Messianic Jews in that:Letter 75 Jerome to Augustine wrote:They believe that Messiah, the son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary.
a) We do not use the Greek New Testament - we use the Aramaic Peshitta, as Aramaic was the language of Yeshua Meshikha (Jesus Christ) and the Apostles. So we feel that the Peshitta is a more accurate representation of the original teachings of the New Covenant. In fact we believe that the Peshitta is the original autograph.
b) We do not hold the "Trinity" doctrine: that God is 3 persons in 1 essence. However we do accept Yeshua Meshikha's divinity, which for us is a separate issue.
So what am I doing here? It is my wish to give all those interested insight into the teachings of the Bible from the original languages of the Prophets & Apostles - Hebrew & Aramaic, which I hope will help to clear up some common misunderstandings. The bulk of my replies on theological issues will be linguistically centred.
To all the Christians here, my fellow brothers & sisters in Messiah, do feel free to ask me anything regarding my beliefs, I'll be happy to explain and clarify them for you.
PS: my signature "Push b'shlama" means "go in peace" in Aramaic.
PPS: my avatar is the abbreviated form of the Sacred Name (YHWH), i.e. "Yah" in Aramaic Estrangela script - the traditional script of the Peshitta.