April 9 - April 9, 2008 How did Christianity become a...

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April 9, 2008 How did Christianity become a separate religion? For a very long time these two religions were very similar and could not tell a difference Each saw itself as the appropriate application of the covenant Even before the rise of Christianity there were different interpretations of the way the people of Israel should live Jews who were also were Christians There were Jews who weren’t Christians who were Jews Christians who were not Took a long time to sort out What helped to sort it out is the development of authority structures Rabbis and Bishops Introduced the concept of heresy Heresy – a person that claims to be a part of religion but is wrong As church became institutionalized the name became less ambiguous Issue wasn’t whether Jesus was the messiah Have been a series of people claiming to be the Jewish messiah Starting in 900 there was a person claiming to be the messiah and some people believed No new religion began because of it During Jesus lifetime most Jews did not know of him
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course HIS 390 taught by Professor Goldenberg during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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