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Why? Why do Christians study history? Why is there a course called Christian Heritage? Scripture tells of God’s revelation in the life and history of God’s people. To understand the revelation,
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Why? (cont.) The history of the church is the history We must understand _________________ _______________ in order to understand ourselves. As we gain understanding, we become _______________________ about the history that we will make, i.e., the lives we will live.
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Early Church in Three Contexts 1. Palestinian Judaism 2. Diaspora Judaism 3. Greco-Roman World
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Palestinian Judaism
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Diaspora Judaism Main avenue for ______ __ ____________. ___—translation of OT (3 rd C. B.C to A.D. 1 st C.) Used by most Jews in Diaspora Text quoted by most of __ authors
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Unformatted text preview: – _____ used by early missionaries as they spread gospel – Philo of Alexandria (20 B.C.-A.D. 50) • Sought to prove ___ __ __ and gods of philosophers were the same. – ___________ method – Greek philosophers antedated by ______ ________, thus borrowing. • SigniFcance: RelaTonship between Judaism and Greek philosophy that will become _____ ___ _____ __________. Greco-Roman World • Benefts – Pax Romana • Unprecedented poliTcal unity, uniFormity, and good travel condiTons • ±hreats – ChrisTans (and Jews) were di²erent— monotheists; possible persecuTon – SyncreTsm • Encouraged by Rome – Pax Romana • How do ChrisTans maintain their idenTty?...
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