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2/21/08 (Thursday -1 st class after first midterm) New Testament 4 gospels 1 acts 21 letters 1 revelation 27 books of the new testament fides quaerens intellectum faith seeking understanding contains a selection of books that were written in the first two centuries of the new testament. First written is 1 Thessalonians? Last written is second peter. Dated around AD125 Period before earliest writing: 1 Thessalonians AD 50. Book of Acts: AD 80 One coherent connected source is the book of Ax? The other source is preserved in later documents we are going to be using two of them. Bottom of syllabus are some questions: Where and when can we place the origin of Christianity? When and where did Chrastianity assure its survival? What is the essence of Christianity according to Paul? On final exam, take one of these questions and this is going to be the essay. Acts of the apostles: AD 80 Origins of Chrstianity is in Chapter 2 Celebrating a festival: Pentecost – fifty days after Passover (freeing of Jews from Egypt and going to the promised land) In chapter 2 there is an account about the apostles during Passover. This incident is the origin of Christianity Origns of Christianity is during Pentecost of the year AD 30. When the diciples became aware of the presence of god and they were speaking in tongues beginning to attract people to the group. Place where C originated is polis of Jerusalem Jerusalem became the only locus of Christianity We begin to get a sense of the kind of immunity that disciples are getting from Jesus. Key characteristics of early Christians 1. earliest Christians were missionary minded – get other people to join, constant
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desire to add members to Christianity 2. sense of living in the early times when presence of god is more present than usual. Lived in the consciousness that time is short and time will be altered by god and they would become the people of god 3. the earliest Christians: peter, mary, etc… are all unselfconsciously Jewish. They do all the Jewish rituals. Although they formed a new group within they still saw
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course REL 121g taught by Professor Hock during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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