Mild-mannered librarian by day. . . slightly less mild-mannered librarian by night.
I have one better- a patron calls in seriously looking for the university in Egypt that Jesus went to. As I am typing, he is actually praying out loud to Jesus to help me find the answer.
How did you answer?
I mean for KM
I mean the history of Christianity before Jesus would include the rabbis speaking a generation before him, the mystery cults in the region, and obviously Jewish tradition.
It seems that only people believe that Christianity started with a divine event would not acknowledge that it had a history. Is that you?
The student's search was fairly unfocused in a lot of ways; his teacher intervened to help him more clearly define what it was he was looking for.
Most people in the U.S. (or "western world") know about the origins of Christianity.and think everyone else knows this as well. But, much of the world is NOT Christian and may not have this knowledge. Maybe this student is in this group.