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Lesson 10: Christianity Objectives By the end of this lesson you will be able to explain why the political and social situation in Jerusalem is important for understanding the early history of Christianity learn who were Sadducees, Essenes, Pharisees, and Zealots know what the term Hellenism means, and recognize the effects of Hellenism in Jerusalem be able to explain what are the Synoptic Gospels realize what Biblical scholars mean when they refer to the Q document realize what the word Apocalypse means, and why that idea is important for Christianity know what the terms “Kingdom of God,” “Resurrection,” meant to an early Christian know the origin of the term Christian to refer to the followers of Jesus recognize the importance of creedal belief in the practice of Christianity identify the terms Judaizers/Hebraists and Hellenists be able to explain what was significant about St. Paul’s contribution to the development of early Christianity as an organized religion Readings This lesson is based on the texts, Religions of the World, by Mark Hopfe and Robert Woodward, Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2004 (pgs. 280-315) and The Christian Religious Tradition , by Stephen Reynolds. Encino, CA: Dickenson Publishing Co. 1977. Additional resources are cited at the end of each of the two lecture texts. Overview We shall spend this lesson and part of next lesson on Christianity. We shall begin this lesson with a discussion of the social and political conditions in occupied Jerusalem between the 6th century BCE and the 1st century CE. In the latter part of this era a religious movement emerged which subsequently developed into what we recognize today as Christianity. Christianity started as a minority religious movement within the Roman Empire, and centered its faith on the life, death, and resurrection of a man, Jesus of Nazareth. It was only after Emperor Constantine’s recognition of this faith in the 4th
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course RELIGION 001 taught by Professor Suchismitasen during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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