Class 4-Judaism

Class 4-Judaism - Chris Morrissey September 14, 2006 New...

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Chris Morrissey September 14, 2006 New Testament; 840:202:04 In the Greco-Roman world during the first century, the vast majority of people believed in and worshipped multiple gods. Amidst this predominately polytheistic society, one group had a very different view of the divine forces ruling from above. They were called the Jews and they believed in one, and only one god of whom the world is created, ordered, and peopled (Niditch 7). This all powerful being alone was to be worshipped through prayer and animal sacrifices, and He showed special favor to those who did so (Ehrman 36). The Jews followed the Hebrew Bible, which presented the laws set forth by God to the people. These included ordinary rules such as not to commit murder, steal, or bear false witness, as well as less conventional laws such as the act of circumcision (Ehrman 39). While the Jews of the era agreed on these basic fundamentals of their religion, they disagreed on other aspects and began to form sects among themselves. One such sect of Judaism during this period was a group called the Pharisees.
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