A Short History of Christianity Pg. 74-77

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A Short History of Christianity Pg. 74-77 The Nightmare Begins (630-700) Syrian hermit decides to invite pagans to stay for dinner and tells them about the holy writings o Muhammad ibn Abdullah – one of most influential people ever – hears message of church and was drawn to it Arabia was a peninsula of animism and tribal warfare o Needed a prophet, in tradition of Moses and Jesus, to reveal God to the Arabs Muhammad took prayer and meditation in the caves near Mecca o 610 overwhelmed by spiritual encounter and spoke prophecy o 12 years he relayed messages to Mecca in one beautiful verse: Submit to one God, care for orphans and widows, fear hell o Faced violent hostility Blockaded Mecca until, in 630, it finally submitted o Over 1,000 Jews lived in Medina – was devastated by their rejection of his message Upon his victory he had all Jewish men killed and women enslaved o Equally disillusioned by Christians – seemed to abandon one God for three o
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