Ya’akob Tzaddik(Orthodox Ebionite-Netzarim Leader)
Shaul(Paul)Ringleader of the Gentile-Nazarenes
Using the New Testament and Dead Sea Scrolls
Text adapted and modified(with clarity) from writings of John Oller
Pauls So-called Revelation of the Gospel of Jesus
This is how Paul comes to know the Messianic NazareneMovement. For, as he says, "I certify to you, brothers, that THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED BY ME IS NOT MAN'S GOSPEL, for I DID NOT RECEIVE IT FROM MAN, NOR WAS I TAUGHT IT, BUT IT CAME THROUGH A REVELATION of Jesus Christ."For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Assembly of God violently and tried to destroy it ... But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and called me through his Grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me ['Jesus Christ'], in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I DID NOT CONFER WITH FLESH AND BLOOD, NOR DID I GO UP TO THOSE WHO WERE APOSTLES BEFORE ME, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other Apostles except James the Lord's brother. Now the things I am writing to
you, before God, I do not lie
Ya’akob response to Pauls actions
"If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, do not boast
and lie against the Truth. THIS IS NOT THE WISDOM THAT COMES DOWN FROM ABOVE, but earthly, MAN MADE, DEMONIC ... He who speaks against his brother and who judges his brother speaks against the Law and judges the Law. But if you judge the Law, YOU ARE NOT A DOER OF THE LAW, but a judge," (James 3:5-4:11).
"I communicated to them the Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but
privately to those reckoned to be important, lest somehow I should be
running or had run in vain.
And because he was advocating 'freedom from the Law' -as opposed to what he
terms 'bondage' to it, he declares his follower Titus,"who was with me, being a Greek, WAS NOT COMPELLED TO BE CIRCUMCISED" because of "false brothers secretly brought in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To them we did not yield subjection even for a moment, so that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.
"But those who seemed to be important...had nothing to add to me.
"And when James(Ya’akob), Kephas, and Yahchonan, those who seemed to be Pillars, perceived the Grace that was given to me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the heathen, and they unto the circumcission. [i.e. They didn't want him around them.] Only, they asked that we remember the Poor [literally: 'the Ebionites'], which is what I was most forward to do.
"But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, for he stood condemned. For BEFORE CERTAIN MEN CAME FROM JAMES Ya’akob, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But WHEN THEY CAME he drew back and separated himself, fearing THE CIRCUMCISSION PARTY. AND WITH THEM THE REST OF THE JEWS acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their DISIMULATION ... I saw
that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel.
"Knowing that a man is NOT JUSTIFIED BY WORKS OF THE LAW, but by faith in Jesus Christ...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, AND NOT BY WORKS OF THE LAW, FOR BY WORKS OF THE LAW SHALL NO ONE BE JUSTIFIED ... Even Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as Righteousness," (all of the above, Galatians 1:11-3:6).
His followers are rather "justified by [Jesus'] blood," (Romans 5:9).
(In 1 Corithinians 10:16, he bids they DRINK it.)
Paul teachings are THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE TEACHING OF JAMES
,Ya’akob who advises the Gentiles -like YHWH does in Genesis 9:4- TO ABSTAIN from blood (Acts 15:29), and also, in his letter, asks, "[D]on't you realize, YOU VAIN MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS USELESS? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the Altar? You see that faith was active along with works, and faith was brought into completion by the works. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to himas Righteousness.'
"WHAT DOES IT PROFIT, MY BROTHERS, IF A MAN SAYS HE HAS FAITH, AND DOESN'T HAVE WORKS? CAN FAITH SAVE HIM? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it doesn't have works, is dead," (James 2:14-23).
"If any man among you seems to be religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain," (James 1:26).
Paul Teachings against Ya’akob
"I bear them ['Israel'] record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For THEY, BEING IGNORANT OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS and going about to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God, for CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW," (Romans 9:2-4).
"Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE OF THE LAW ... [so] that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith," (Galatians 3:13-14).
"For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. Therefore I beseech you, be followers of me," (1 Corinthians 4:15-16).
James(Ya’akob) against Paul:
"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD also.
"[T]he tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. So is the Tongue among our members; it is a world of iniquity, it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is set on the Fire of Hell.
"[T]he Tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly Evil, full of deadly poison...Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works, with the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, do not boast and lie against the Truth," (2:26-3:14).
"Are they (the ebionites)Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more.
"[T]he truth of Christ is in me, NO MAN SHALL STOP ME OF THIS BOASTING ... The Almighty and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore, knows I'm not lying," (2 Corinthians 11:10-31).
"I say the truth in Christ, and do not lie," (Romans 9:1).
"I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not," (1 Timothy 2:7).
"[B]efore Elohim, I do not lie," (Galatians 1:20).
And to justify his preaching of living by faith alone, Paul incorrectly cites Habakkuk. “'The Righteous shall live by his faith”' in Romans 1:17. (However the Hebrew Word for Faith(Amuna) literally means Faithfulness, which Works is required)
DEAD SEA SCROLLS
In a CORRECT interpretation of the above Habakkuk 2:4, the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us its interpretation "concerns all DOERS OF THE LAW in the House of Yahudah, whom YHWH WILL SAVE from the House of Judgement BECAUSE OF THEIR WORKS AND THEIR FAITHFULLNESS in the Teacher of Righteousness," (7:17-8:3).
The 'Teacher of Righteousness,' or 'Righteous Teacher,' leads a Messianic Movement befuddled by "the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD and erect an Assembly upon Lying, for the sake of his glory, tiring out many with a worthless service and instructing them in works of Lying, so that their works will be of Emptiness. And they will be brought to the same Judgements of Fire with which they insulted and vilified the Elect of God," (Habakkuk Pesher 10:9-13).
Unlike the Spouter of Lies ("who led the simple astray"), the Righteous Teacher "expounded the Law to his Council and to all who freely pledged themselves to join the Elect of YHWH TO KEEP THE LAW in the Council of the Community, WHO SHALL BE SAVED on the Day of Judgement," (Micah Pesher fragment).
"Those who were unfaithful together with the Liar, [who] did not listen to the word received by the Righteous Teacher from the mouth of YHWH and "who were silent at the time of the chastisement of the Righteous Teacher and did not aid him against the Liar WHO REJECTED THE LAW in the midst of all their Assembly" were "UNFAITHFUL IN THE NEW COVENANT in that they have NOT BELIEVED IN THE COVENANT OF YHWH and have profaned His Holy Name," (Habakkuk Pesher 2:1-2, 5:12, 2:3).
In the Damascus Document (so named because of its references to 'dwelling' in and 'the Re-Newed Covenant' in 'the land of Damascus'), we learn that YHWH "visited them, and caused a Root of Planting to grow from Israel and from Aaron [the royal tribe and the priestly tribe], to inherit His Land and to prosper on the good things of His earth. And they understood their sinfulness and knew that they were guilty men. And they were like blind men and groped for the Way for twenty years. And YHWH considered their WORKS, because they sought Him with a whole heart, and raised up for them a Teacher of Righteousness to guide them in the Way of His heart. And he made known to the Last Generations what He would do to the Last Generation, to the Congregation of Traitors who were turners-aside from the True Way. This is the time about which it is written, 'Like a straying heifer, thus did Israel stray [Hosea 4:16],' when the Man of Scoffing arose, who poured over Israel the waters of Lying and caused them to wander in a trackless waste with no Way, bringing low the everlasting heights, ABOLISHING THE PATHWAYS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND REMOVING THE BOUNDARY MARKERS which the First marked out as their inheritence. For which reason He called down on them the curses of His Covenant, for they sought smooth things and prefered illusions, watched for 'loopholes' and chose the easiest way. And they justified the wicked and condemned the Righteous, and they transgressed the Covenant and broke the Law, and they banded together against the life of the Righteous One, and against all walkers in perfection ... They pursued them with the sword and attempted to divide the people ... Their works were unclean before Him.
"All among the members of the Covenant who transgressed the boundary of the Law shall be cut off ... However, all those who hold fast to these statutes, coming and going in accordance with the Law ... shall listen to the voice of the Righteous Teacher and not desert the Laws of Righteousness...and they will see His Salvation because they took refuge in His Holy Name," (1:5-2:1, 8:48-57).
Like the Jerusalem Assembly led by Ya’akob, the above community refers to itself as 'the Poor' ('Ebionites'), interpreting that a passage in Psalm 37 "concerns the congregation of the Poor, who shall possess the whole world as an inheritence," (Psalm 37 Pesher 3:10, for just one example). And their leader suffers the same death as James, destruction at the hands of "the Wicked Priest, who pursued after the Righteous Teacher to swallow him in his hot anger in his EXILED HOUSE ... He will be paid the reward which he rewarded the Poor," (Habakkuk Pesher 6:4-7:3). The Talmud (a compilation of Jewish legal traditions) tells us that, in the time of Jesus and James, "the Sanhedrin WAS EXILED and took up residence" outside the Temple, (Shab. 15a, R.H. 31a-b, and A.Z. 8b).
pieces of two letters, addressed to someone far away and entitled 'First and Second Letters on Works Reckoned as Righteousness,' were found among the Scrolls, which end, "[T]his is the End of Days, when those in Israel are to return to the Law of YHWH with all their heart, never to turn back again. Meanwhile, the wicked will increase in wickedness ... Remember the kings of Israel, and understand their works. Whoever of them feared the Law was SAVED from sufferings; when they sought the Law, then their sins were forgiven them. Remember David. He was a man of Pious works, and he, also, WAS SAVED from many sufferings and forgiven. And finally, we earlier wrote you [the First letter] about some of the works of the Law which we reckoned for your own good and for that of your people, for we see that you possess discernment and Knowledge of the Law. Consider all these things, and beseech Him to grant you proper council, and to keep you far from evil thoughts and the council of worthlessness. Then you will rejoice at the End Time, when you find some of our words were true. Thus it will be reckoned to you as Righteousness, your having done what is upright and good before Him, for your own good and for that of Israel."
Surviving into the fourth century CE, Ebionites (whose lost Gospel of the Hebrews venerated James) were viewed with disdain by their orthodox Christian contemporaries, and considered HERETICS by Eusebius' time, because, as he puts it, "They regarded [Jesus] as plain and ordinary, a man esteemed as righteous through growth of character and nothing more, the child of a normal union between a man and Mary; and they held that they must observe every detail of the Law -that by faith in Christ alone they would never win Salvation," (E.H. 3.27).
"For the earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the Glory of YHWH like waters covering the sea [2:14]. The interpretation of the passage is that in their return to YHWH...the Spouter of Lies, and afterwards this Knowledge, like the waters of the sea, will be abundantly revealed to them," (Habakkuk Pesher 10:14-11:1).
Ya’akob Tzaddik, 1st Century Israels EbioniteTeacher of Righteousness
Paul(Saul, Shaul) 1st Century Israels Nazarene Spouter of Lies and Traitor of the Covenant