I remember having read that in the early days it was not clear whether Christianity was a Judaic sect, or a separate religion. In fact wasn't it Paul who claimed contra Peter that one did not have to obey the Jewish dietary etc. customs to be a Christian.
Was Jesus any less Jewish than the leaders of other messianic sects from that period? Did he himself (Since some believe he was totally human and totally divine simultaneously, I hesitate in saying `human form') believe that he was not Jewish?