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28). This technique indicates he used to be drawing on what he believed to be early Jewish culture; the content material of "the Jew's" comments proves the recommendation right. He accused Jesus of getting made up the tale ofhis start from a virgin, while really he got here from a Jewish village and from a bad countrj^woman who lived by way of her spinning. She was once thrown out as an adulteress through her husband, a wood worker. Wandering approximately in shame, she secretly gave beginning to Jesus, whom she had conceived from a soldier named Panthera. After growing to be up in Galilee, Jesus went as a employed laborer to Egypt. There he leamed a few of these magical rites on which the Egyptjans delight themselves. He got here again (to Palestine) hoping for excellent issues from his powers and due to them proclaimed himself a god (I. 28, 38). From this, in keeping with Origen, Celsus' Jew went directly to assault first the tale that the holy spirit had descended on Jesus after bis baptism within the type of a dove, then the applying to him of the previous testomony prophecies of a saviour, and at last, the tale of the celebrity and the magi (I. 40)— all of this should have been in response to Christian fabric. The record that Jesus had purely ten disciples most likely rests on self sufficient culture, when you consider that Olsus knew the gospel of Matthew and do not need laid himself open to the cost of mistakes What the Outsiders Said—Evidence outdoors the Gospels fifty nine had he no longer had another facts he hottest. Ten rather than twelve because the selected quantity recollects a convention i n ß , Sanhedrin 43a (end) that Jesus had 5 disciples, however the current kind of the talmudic culture is unreliable. As for Olsus' record that the 10 have been "tax creditors and sailors of the worst type, now not even in a position to learn or write, with whom he ran, as a fiigitive, from one position to a different, making his dwelling shamefiilly as a beggar"; this is often commonplace old polemic and will have come from any Opponent, together with Olsus himself, notwithstanding the piaure given might be correa. The Christian references to the sins of the apostles, brought up through Origen to illustrate Jesus* strength as healer of souls (I. 63), are theologically stimulated and not more trustworthy than the polemic. the next assault at the tale of the flight into Egypt (1. sixty six) is sort of «rtainly in line with Matthew, however the cost that Jesus may perhaps provide no signal to turn out himself the Son of God (1. 67), could have come from that adversarial culture which the gospel parallels have been meant to respond to. So could the cost that the miracles have been performed through regulate of a demon (1. 68); it truly is the following offered in a sort that exhibits no verbal relation to the gospel bills of a similar accusation. robust facts for Olsus' use of self reliant culture is the fea that he represented his Jew as chatting with Jewish, now not Gentile, believers (II. i). Origen used to be fast to indicate that this was once irrelevant; his correa statement shows that Olsus used to be utilizing a Jewish resource. The indication is proven by means of the i ä a that the Speaker not just addresses Jews, but in addition makes use of arguments selected to entice them.