The Times of Michael's Bestowal

Acting under the supervision of a commission of twelve members of the United Brotherhood of Earth Midwayers, sponsored by the presiding head of our order and the Melchizedek of record, I am the secondary midwayer of onetime attachment to the Apostle Andrew. I am authorized to place on record the narrative of the life transactions of Jesus of Nazareth as they were observed by my order of earth creatures, and as they were subsequently partially recorded by the human subject of my temporal guardianship. Knowing how his Master so scrupulously avoided leaving written records behind him, Andrew steadfastly refused to multiply copies of his written narrative. A similar attitude on the part of the other apostles of Jesus greatly delayed the writing of the Gospels.

--Presented by the Midwayer Commission, from the Urantia Book.

The Occident of the First Century after Christ
Nothing like the civilization of the times of Jesus has been seen in the Occident before or since those days...

The Jewish People
Although Palestine was the home of Jewish religious culture and the birthplace of Christianity, the Jews were abroad in the world...

The Gentile World
Although woman enjoyed more freedom throughout the Roman Empire than in her restricted position in Palestine, the family devotion and natural affection of the Jews far transcended that of the gentile world.

Gentile Philosophy
The gentile world was then dominated by four great philosophies, all more or less derived from the earlier Platonism of the Greeks.

The Gentile Religions
In the times of Jesus the religions of the Occident included...

The Hebrew Religion
And it was this later teaching of combined Greek philosophy and Hebrew theology that prevailed in Palestine when Jesus lived and taught...

Jews and Gentiles
By the times of Jesus the Jews had arrived at a settled concept of their origin, history, and destiny.

Previous Written Records
These New Testament records had their origin in the following circumstances...

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