The Letter of Paul to the Alexandrians

1 Brethren, we that are under the power of the YHWH ought to keep the commandments of God. 2 Those who keep the precepts of YHWH have eternal life, and they that deny His commandments bring upon themselves ruin and guide their own path to the second death.

3 Now the precepts of YHWH are these: do not swear falsely, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not bear false witness, do not take gifts against the truth, nor be bribed for power. 4 Whoever has power and denies the truth will be denied entrance to the Kingdom of God, and will be trodden down into hell, from which he will never come forth from again.

5 We are frail and deceitful, workers of sin! 6 We do not repent daily, yet daily we commit sin upon sin! 6 In this you may know, dearly beloved brethren, that our works are judged. 7 Hearken therefore to that which is written in this book: “It will be for a memorial against us in the day of judgment.” (Enoch 96:4)

8 There will be neither witnesses nor companions, nor will judgment be given by gifts, for there is nothing better than faith, truth, chastity, fasting, and charitable giving, which covers all sins.

9 Those things which you would not have done to yourself, do not do to another.

10 Come together for the Kingdom of God, and you will receive the crown which is in Yeshua the Messiah, our Master.

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  1. Christopher

    Is this “Letter of Paul to the Alexandrians” fictional or something? The Church in Alexandria was extremely Gnostic and driven by Greek philosophy… even more so than the gentile churches in Asia Minor (such as the Colossians, Ephesians, etc.) But, nevertheless, they did receive Pauls Gospel of the Chrestos.
    I don’t think the Alexandrians would have cared at all for anything Jewish as far as religion goes. Paul never used the term “Yeshua” when writing to his Churches. He used the term “Chrestos” (which does not mean Messiah).
    Is this yet another attempt to Judaize St. Paul’s Gospel? We all know from “Galatians” how Paul; felt about all that kind of “dung”

    • Aish Tamid

      Hello Christopher,

      This letter is definitely apocryphal. It was found in a collection of Pauline epistles discovered by Theodor Zahn in the 19th century. The text he found is titled “To the Colossians,” though as you can see, it bears no resemblance to the canonical letter to the Colossians. I suspect he believed it to have been written “To the Alexandrians” on the basis that two letters, in ancient times, were deemed “forged” letters of Paul, which had been used in ancient times to further Marcionite heresies. (These two are the letters to the Laodiceans and the Alexandrians. See the Muratorian canon.) As this fragment contains no such Marcionite inference, I suspect Zahn thought this letter to be the one called Alexandrians in antiquity, on the basis that it could have been a lesser known Pauline letter of the same name, or it could have been written in an attempt to de-legitimize the Marcionite forgery.

      But that’s enough speculation on my part.

      Yes, the letter is absolutely apocryphal.

      Getting on to some of the other “dung” in your post here, Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees, and his lifestyle in the book of Acts confirms that he never left the observance of both Torah and Jewish tradition during his ministry. His letters were written in Aramaic, the linguae francae of first century Israel. (Citations from the church fathers support this.) Whether or not the Greek translators of the New Testament got it wrong is a totally different discussion.

      As for Paul’s letter to the Galatians, I would encourage you to take a look at some solid Jewish commentaries on it.

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