Quoted from phil-lee:
The Emperor Hadrian wrote that worshipers of Serapis called themselves Christians. The letter identifying Christians with Serapis-worshipers was supposedly written in AD 134, but the document from which the letter comes, the Historia Augusta has been shown to be a forgery dating to AD 395. Hadrian did not write the letter, and the whole argument is a sham.
I appreciate the Wikipedia Quote. The issue isnt that Chrestus in the Title of Serapis worshippers is the same as in what some people say is a last name for God, its that it is a common word from the Greek, Χρηστος and its Hebrew meaning at the time had its evolution.
For this specific Rebuttal, and for those that need to fit the narrative created 300 years later, The arguments from misspellings, to forgeries, to erasures is the effort of rewriting history, alt facts, and conspiracies.
As an example from your source, is the quote of St Mark celebrating Easter in 68 AD and Martyred. Many of faith accept this tradition as Fact, without realizing Easter is a Germanic Origin from the 700s perhaps from Germanic Pope rule. Of course you would have to include the Great Schism, and the Coptic view to see this was no where settled for several centuries, and even today, its still fought over.
You would need to Cross the NT in Greek and Hebrew, with the Mishnah, to Trace the evolution of Rabbinical Judaism of which is the
origin of the faith.
Then address this evolution through Historical events, such as Josephus, Philo, and the early Apologists to see How Serapis affected the faith.
This might best be seen by the thousands of artifacts from ossuaries to the images of Jesus, beardless as Apollo, with a Magic Wand.
In this case, the origin being proved by Jews today following the Babylonian Talmud over the Jerusalem, or that the book of Maccabees is in the Roman Catholic Church, but not in the Hebrew Bible.
Quoted from Azmodeus:
The Vatican knows a thing or two about that whole deal…. It would be interesting to find out who knows what and ultimately who helped or shared it with whom and over what time.
My wish too. The result might be the Jeffersonian Bible. The Human result would be tolerance Id hope.
Try The History of Rome and Jerusalem by Oxfords, Dr. Goodman.
Or the History of Christian religion by Charles Waite, 1882, still used in Theology school advanced classes, and Pre Dead Sea scrolls, Codex Sinaiticus....
History is written by the victors, or those that control the media. Same then as today. Be it Masks, faith, or UFOs.
Follow the money