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ChristianityFacts:oJesus of Nazareth as the founderoLargest religion in the world 2 billion peopleoOne of the newest of the world’s major religionHistorical Contest: 1stCenturyoPolitical Reality: The Roman EmpireRoman empire is in control of the territory at the timeThere was a cult of the emperoroJewish Political Factions in PalestinePharisees/ScribesSadducees/ Priestly ClassEssenes/ Monastic groupZealots/ Political group trying to overthrow roman ruleCultural and Religious ContextoApocalyptic ContextThey believe the end is coming and want to be accepted into the kingdomof godoPublic RepentanceBefore being accepted into the cultSaying your sins in public and repentoBaptism as public signYou are born again free of sins.Life of JesusoNew TestamentFour GospelsSynoptic GospelsoMatthewoLukeoMarkJohnKey Events in the Life of JesusoBirth in BethlehemoChildhood in NazarethoBaptized by John the BaptistEvery gospel is interpreted differently based on who reads them
oAfter Baptism, at the age of 30oMinistryHealing-exorcising demonsMiraclesParablesoFollowersoMany who followed JesusNot restricted to menWomenSocial outcastsoTwelve ApostlesKey ThemesoTwo great commandmentsLove GodLove your neighboroFatherhood of GodGod’s love of humankindoThe kingdom of GodGod’s universal plan for salvationoRelationship of Jesus to Godson of God = the peopleSon of God = Jesus
How was Jesus PerceivedoGeneral Population = Son of GodMostly JewsoJewish Authority = ThreatSanhedrinWas an assembly of twenty-three to seventy-one men appointed inevery city in the Land of Israel. In the Hebrew Bible, Moses and theIsraelites were commanded by God to establish courts of judges whowere given full authority over the people of Israel, who werecommanded by God to obey every word the judges instructed and every