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Secondo una tradizione antichissima, il male ebbe origine quando tra gli uomini nacquero "ragazze belle di aspetto", e "gli angeli, figli del cielo, le videro e se ne innamorarono". Da quel momento, con los angeles discesa degli angeli e los angeles loro unione con gli esseri umani, il peccato si diffuse su tutta los angeles Terra. Questo mito delle origini, non incluso nel canone della Bibbia, è raccontato in uno dei testi attribuiti al patriarca Enoc in cui si intrecciano profonde riflessioni sul male e sul rapporto dell'uomo con Dio, scandagliate dagli ebrei fin dal pace del travagliato esilio babilonese. Non è un caso isolato. È da versioni parallele di tal fatta che fiorirono rami secondari e dimenticati della tradizione biblica, specchio della varietà d'idee che serpeggiava nella Palestina del giudaismo precristiano: visioni teologiche replacement, spesso apertamente confliggenti con le posizioni ufficiali, che approdano fino al II secolo d.C, ponendo le basi delle comunità protocristiane. Composizioni come le "apocalissi", i testamenti di patriarchi e le raccolte di proverbi e salmi si mescolano, sotto strati di secoli, a immaginifici miti e compilazioni cosmogoniche, fino a perdersi nel pace e scomparire sotto i colpi dell'ortodossia. Fu così che gli Apocrifi dell'Antico Testamento - qui raccolti in un nucleo di testi significativi, mai tradotti prima in italiano - furono trascurati in keeping with millenni e rivalutati nella loro importanza cruciale solo dopo i rinvenimenti di Qumran.

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Indeed, Matthew describes the same message of repentance with identical imagery when referring to John's ministry in 3:8. This must be an exhortation to repentance rather than something more arcane, for the disciples indicate they understood these parables (Matthew 13:51), yet Jesus had not even begun to speak of His later suffering (which occurs in Matthew 16:21). Matthew gives no commentary here or anywhere else that allows a reader to violently reinterpret this parable as anything other than a call to turn from evil deeds for the sake of the hearer's eternal destiny.

In addition to these assumptions, we have our own opinions on what we'd like the Bible to say. In the end, it's very hard to simply read the Bible for what it says. Instead, we read into it what we think it should say or what we have been told it says... or we don't read it at all, having decided its teachings (as described by others) make no sense. What people think Christianity “is all about” is largely based on the views presented by active spreaders of the gospel. From these messages, a consensus has formed among non-Christians of the basic principles of biblical Christianity.

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