Judaism vs Early Christ - Frank Hager Introduction to the...

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Frank Hager Introduction to the New Testament RE: 9 April 23, 2010 Judaism vs. Early Christianity Mary, Joseph, Mark, Matthew, Peter, Paul, and even Jesus himself were Jewish before the Christ movement. In this essay, we will look into what eventually separated these too religions by looking at the New Testament, the Epistles of Barnabas, and writings from Melito of Sardis. In most of the New Testament, Jesus and his followers stress the similarity between Judaism and Christ. For example, Paul tells us that, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29). I believe Paul is making a similar comparison in Romans when he metaphorically speaks about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism as a tree. “Do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.” (Romans 11:18). Although there may be different ways to interpret this passage, I took it as the roots were the older, established Jewish religion and the tree branches (supported by the roots) represented the new Christian movement. Jesus also made it clear that he was not here to abolish the law
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course NES 2326 taught by Professor Haines-eitzen during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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