Notes Christianity - Christianity Facts o Jesus of Nazareth...

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Christianity Facts: o Jesus of Nazareth as the founder o Largest religion in the world 2 billion people o One of the newest of the world’s major religion Historical Contest: 1 st Century o Political Reality: The Roman Empire Roman empire is in control of the territory at the time There was a cult of the emperor o Jewish Political Factions in Palestine Pharisees/Scribes Sadducees/ Priestly Class Essenes/ Monastic group Zealots/ Political group trying to overthrow roman rule Cultural and Religious Context o Apocalyptic Context They believe the end is coming and want to be accepted into the kingdom of god o Public Repentance Before being accepted into the cult Saying your sins in public and repent o Baptism as public sign You are born again free of sins. Life of Jesus o New Testament Four Gospels Synoptic Gospels o Matthew o Luke o Mark John Key Events in the Life of Jesus o Birth in Bethlehem o Childhood in Nazareth o Baptized by John the Baptist Every gospel is interpreted differently based on who reads them
o After Baptism, at the age of 30 o Ministry Healing-exorcising demons Miracles Parables o Followers o Many who followed Jesus Not restricted to men Women Social outcasts o Twelve Apostles Key Themes o Two great commandments Love God Love your neighbor o Fatherhood of God God’s love of humankind o The kingdom of God God’s universal plan for salvation o Relationship of Jesus to God son of God = the people S on of God = Jesus
How was Jesus Perceived o General Population = Son of God Mostly Jews o Jewish Authority = Threat Sanhedrin Was an assembly of twenty-three to seventy-one men appointed in every city in the Land of Israel. In the Hebrew Bible,[2] Moses and the Israelites were commanded by God to establish courts of judges who were given full authority over the people of Israel, who were commanded by God to obey every word the judges instructed and every

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