"Did Jesus intend to found the Christian church? This interesting question can be answered in the affirmative and in the negative. It depends on what precisely in being asked. If by church one means an organization and a people that stand outside of Israel, then the answer is no. If by community of disciples committed to the restoration of Israel and the conversion and instruction of the Gentiles, then the answer is yes."
- Craig A. Evans, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, p. 18