The home of the world’s great conqueror Alexander the Great, in 331 BCE, was at one period of time the great focal center for religious speculation and propagandism, the great emporium for religious dogmas throughout the East, and a place of resort for the disciples of nearly every system of religious faith existing at that time. Nearly all existing religions in the world today were transformed and remodeled in Alexandria.
This capital city of Egypt had five hundred thousand inhabitants which was a huge city for those times. It had a very voluminous library. Every faith and religious order had theological schools throughout the city. It was the custom of the people to discuss religious ideas and to improve and remodel their religious systems and even change their long accepted creeds.
At the time of the Babylonian captivity the Essenian Jews fled to Egypt. The Essenes were Jews that mixed their faith with the Pythagorean and Egyptian oriental theology, or Buddhism. The doctrine of Pythagoras is intensely Buddhistic. This is the beginnings of the Christian religion. Their Jewish sect religion was totally changed by the intermixture of heathen doctrines.
The leading doctrines of the Essenes are the same that comprise the Christian doctrines of today exception the doctrine of divine incarnation. The “God manifest in the flesh” was a doctrine well know from the Ganges to the Yellow Sea to the Ilissus. It is the fundamental principle of the Indian Buddhists, the basis of Zoroasterism, and is pure Platonism. This incarnation theology merged with the Essenes theology in Alexandria. Christianity originated nothing. It has no new doctrines or precepts. It is incontrovertible that Christian theology grew out of Buddhism and Essenian theology.
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:25
The Essenian sect went out of history right around that time. The Essenian sect must have changed their name to Christians.