Nazarenes and the “Apostles Creed”

The following is a an interesting parallel between the oldest form of the so-called “Apostles Creed” and Jerome’s description of the beliefs of the Nazarenes.


The oldest known version of “The Apostles Creed” (Hebraicized):


I believe in Elohim the Father Elyon:

And in Yeshua the Messiah his only begotten Son, our YHWH.

Who was born of the Ruach HaKodesh and virgin Miriam,

And was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried, and the third day rose again from the dead,

Ascended into heaven, sits on the right hand of the Father.


Whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead;

And in the Ruach HaKodesh

The Set-Apart Assembly;

The remission of sins;

And the resurrection of the flesh,


Today there still exists among the Jews in all the synagogues of the East a heresy which is called that of the Minæans,and which is still condemned by the Pharisees; [its followers] are ordinarily called ‘Nazarenes’;

they believe that Messiah, the son of Elohim,


was born of the Virgin Miriam,


and they hold him to be the one who suffered under Pontius Pilate


and ascended to heaven,









and in whom we also believe.”

(Jerome; Letter 75 Jerome to Augustine)



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