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Christianity Introduction Christianity spreads fast Within no more than 20 years of Jesus’ death it was worshipped by people as far as Greece After 100 years people as far as Spain were worshipping Christianity At this time, Augustus Caesar and the foundation of the Roman Empire was the predominant world issue. Jesus was born into a world that the idea of a Roman Empire was a new thing. About 20 years before the Empire was established, Israel (Judea) was conquered by Rome and becomes a Roman province. Largest religion in the world Played a key role in the history and culture of Western civilization Founded upon the life and teachings of Jesus Christ Began as a movement within Judaism in the first century BCE o It is important to recognize that it started within Judaism. It is equally as important that it is essentially not a part of Judaism a century later. The vast majority of Christians worldwide by the time of Jesus’ death are not Jewish. The Jewish makeup of Christianity has largely been submerged by the non-Jewish population. Christianity stands in fundamental continuity with Judaism. o The issue of biblical text is brought up. The Tanach make up the Old Testament. It is adopted as the basis of the Christian scriptures. Christianity adds certain things to the Tanach that Judaism would not. The apocrypha are added (Greek Jewish works written after the Tanach). Generally speaking no Jewish group has ever accepted these, nor have Protestants. Catholic bible has 46 books in the Old Testament where the Protestants have 39. o Another part is added are the 27 books of the New Testament. They are interpreted differently. The bible contains 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. If you are Catholic it is 46 instead of 39. The first four books of the New Testaments are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. o Calling the Gospel the good news is because Jesus was superior to the state. That means they worshipped a state criminal. o The stories of the Gospels seem similar, but they are in fact different. The four gospels are followed by the “Acts of the Apostles”. It is the Church trying to make converts. The “Acts of the Apostles” is originally from Luke.
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