47 Joachim Jeremias, The Central Message of the New Testament(Philadelphia: Fortress, 1965), pp. 9–30; Reginald Fuller, The Foundations of New Testament Christology(New York: Scribner’s, 1965), p. 115, for instance.

appropriate support, but others are not obliged to accept it. Similarly, no one is constrained to accept Schonfield’s thesis without the proper evidence.

Since we do not know that Jesus denied deity and especially since there are reasons to assert that he did claim such deity then why would there be a need for Roman Christians to “invent” the message? In other words, we can only begin to contemplate the alteration of Jesus’ words if we know that he did not teach the message of his deity in the first place. But since the point is invalid, as just shown, one cannot leap to the next step of a conspiracy by the Christians at Rome.