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“James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3)
“James, the brother of the Lord was holy from his mother's womb; and he drank no wine nor strong drink, nor did he eat flesh.” (Hegesippus, quoted in The Church History of Eusebius, book 2, chapter 23)
"James was a vegetarian." (Robert Eisenman, James the Just, The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls)
Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” (Clementine Homilies 12,6; also see, Recognitions 7,6)
“And happiness is found in the practice of virtue. Accordingly, the Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1)
“John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2: 3)
John the Baptist Didn't Eat Bugs -- It Was Carob (Locust) Beans and Carob Bean Flour: "John the Baptist belonged to a group of ascetics who believed in repentance and in leading an austere lifestyle. The carob bean was seen as the diet of the lower class who normally endured hardship and exploitation from the priestly class. So we can conclude that JTB ate (locust plant) seed from the carob tree." http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_john_the_baptist_eat_locusts_and_wild_honey
“The consumption of animal flesh was unknown up until the great flood. But since the great flood, we have had animal flesh stuffed into our mouths. Jesus, the Christ, who appeared when the time was fulfilled, again joined the end to the beginning, so that we are now no longer allowed to eat animal flesh.” (pro-vegetarian early church father Hieronymus)
Stopping Animal Sacrifice in the Jewish Temple -- Meet the Vegetarian Jesus -- Christianity Before Paul, His Meat-eating Roman Converts and Greek Manuscript Editors
The Euro-Roman converts to Paul's version of Christianity of course were generally pro-meat and mostly remained unacquainted with the original group, "the Faith once delivered to the Saints" (Christianity Before Paul) -- the original Jesus movement consisting of the family of Yeshua, disciples and first followers. Like the Essenes, one of the main branches of Judaism in antiquity, Jesus, his family, and the original followers were also vegetarians and opposed to all sacrifice of animals in the Jewish temple.
Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus from the Syriac Aramaic version of the New Testament Gospels along with the Gospel of the Hebrews and the Gospel of the Ebionites (Hebrew for "the Poor" mentioned in the Book of Acts):
“Be on guard, so that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh and with the intoxication of wine and with the anxiety of the world, and that day come upon you suddenly; for as a snare it will come upon all who dwell upon the surface of the earth.” (saying of Jesus, Luke 21: 34, from Evangelion Da-Mepharreshe, the Old Syriac-Aramaic Manuscript of the New Testament Gospels)
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean." (saying of Jesus, Gospel of Matthew)
"I am come to do away with sacrifices, and if you cease not sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you." (saying of Jesus in the Gospel of the Hebrews)
"When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the Temple, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said: 'Get out of here.' (John 2: 13-16)
According to the Gospel of the Ebionites, Jesus also rejected the Passover meal: "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?" To which he replied: "I have no desire to eat the flesh of this Paschal Lamb with you."
Happy World VEGAN Day 2016 Everyone!
I just recorded a new program exploring the veganism of: Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, the Orphics, Essenes, Ebionites, Jesus, John the Baptist, several Apostles (Matthew, Peter, James, John, Paul), early Christianity, and the Valentinians, making use of many ancient texts, including the Clementine Homilies. Listeners will also be able to request free copies of my articles on this subject, which are always quite popular, as many feel liberated after discovering some amazing vegetarian sayings of Jesus and others in antiquity, inspiring them to become vegetarian or vegan, freeing them from the oppressive pro-meat Sunday School notions they grew up with. I share many of the same views as the writer/speaker Keith Akers, who has been a guest before on SMTV, and I mention his research during this program.
"As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." (Pythagoras)
All for the love of wisdom and radio,
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