Christianity Notes

Christianity Notes - Biblical Interpretations 1. Literal 2....

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Biblical Interpretations 1. Literal 2. Symbolic Collection of books, 27 in New Testament, 39 in Old Testament Need to understand which book you’re reading and it’s genre Genesis poetically tells the story of the Earth - Not a book of science – a book of faith - True not factual (wife = rose) - Bible contains faiths understanding of truths - Stories didn’t really happen, they were just convenient o Made up story that has a point. Tells you the biblical meaning of being a Christian Greco-Roman World Travel and communication - By sea except from Nov-March - Rome had massive highway system o Well constructed mile-markers o 15 miles/day walking Religion was spread on highway Latin was official language Common Language – Coine/Greek Jesus spoke – Arabic, Hebrew & Greek - Hospitality was a virtue o Carry a soldier’s pack 1 mile (Jesus said carry pack 2) Jerish, Jordan o Sewer system o Police directed chariots o Goods available, people went to work, Artisans, crowded quarters, narrow streets, high-rise apartments, very little privacy, Mediterranean climate (people lived outdoors), public baths, had social groups, political clubs, public schools, synagogues, 50% of people could read and write o Social groups couldn’t upset political work Rome liked Jews – this was predictable Does et Homme = Emperor Does = God Homme = Man Can’t be a baptized Christian and Roman Soldier Education/literacy – reading always done out loud 3 Stages of Education 1. Reading/Writing 2. Grammar/Literature 3. Specialization (Physician, Lawyer, Philosopher) Earliest Christians were unschooled – came from lower levels of economic groups Rome – Religion (General)
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o Filled with superstition o Emperor’s had magicians to help manipulate the God’s o Divination (prediction of the future) o Belief in dreams (Had dream interpreter) o Gods interacted with humans o Mysteries of sacred cults o Uninitiated couldn’t participate Specifics about Christianity 1. Set of Beliefs 2. Way of life 3. Community of people o All believe in 1 God (different names) o God created universe and all in it o God is active in history, guiding, and teaching his people Christianity separated from Judaism: 1. Began to regard Jesus as God in human form o Jews thought all matter is evil; can’t put good God in evil body o Can’t be almighty while in a frail human body 2. Judaism defined by covenant and law Christians regarded covenant and law as superceded God’s teaching Covenant = Jesus’ body (bread), Blood (wine) None of the disciples washed their feet because none wanted to be lowest servant, so Jesus did it 11 th law – Love, no need for 10 commandments Main Jewish law – circumcision Orthodoxy – right belief – must believe everything about Jesus Orthopraxis – must practice – believing isn’t enough o Don’t have to interpret; just do what it says Christian o Lived in commune – no one was poor, no one went without o Told Rome – we love you but we’re not worshipping your leader
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