Birth of Christianity - Origins of Christianity Jesus was...

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Origins of Christianity - Jesus was executed by Romans during Tiberius’ rule (c. 27 AD) - Teachings of Jesus focused on a belief that the existing world was soon coming to an end to be replaced by God’s kingdom, and spiritual preparedness and repentance were amongst the path to salvation - The “messianic” beliefs taught by Jesus worried the Romans - Saint Paul, a Hellenized Jew, worked to separate messianic sect from corporate body of Judaism (Christianity) St. Paul - Originally called Saul, St. Paul (c. 5-67 BC) was one of millions of Jews living outside Palestine (Diaspora) - In Jerusalem, Saul persecuted Jesus’ followers, but as Roman Paul, he preached Christian values to Gentiles - Traveled through Roman Empire with doctrines representing a break with Judaism - Separating Christianity from Judaism increased appeal to non-Jews, who were repelled by practices like circumcision, dietary regulations, and other strict requirements of Mosaic Law (Torah) - Break created a religion intended not for any particular people, but all mankind Spread of Christianity - Christianity began in 1 st Century, took root in 2 nd
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