When I was an evangelical Christian studying theology it was this disturbing insight from Professor Hanson that made me realise Sola Scriptura was a non-starter. The evident development of Christian doctrine over the centuries required a more Catholic approach to Christian doctrine and scriptural hermeneutics.
It was when I realised that Jesus, James (his brother), Peter and John were not “Christians” either but Jews following the Judaism of their day, worshiping and sacrificing in the Temple like other Jews, that I saw the vast cultural and religious chasm that separated them from their self-described followers of today.
Where is their Torah observance? Nowhere. When evangelicals asked WWJD (yes, I wore the wristband) did they not realise that Jesus did not eat pork, and taught observance of the Torah as a prerequisite for life in the Kingdom of God? These historical realities are either ignored or subject to excruciating intellectual gymnastics to explain them away.
These are controversial claims. What do you think?