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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6: The Beginnings of Christianity- Constantine Kelsey Griswold Jesus Fundamental fact with which to study Jesus is to remember that he was a Jew, born during the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus in the Roman occupied land of Judaea. Most of what we know of him comes from the four Gospels (Matt., Mark, Luke, John) aside from a few small mentions in pagan and Jewish literature. Jesus preached the coming of Gods kingdom, which would be a reign of justice and mercy. He preached a life of repentance, an abandonment of earthly concerns, love of God and neighbor, compassion for the poor, downcast and marginalized, and set forth his own life as an example. Most of his views were found in his parables and in the moral code, he Jesus teachings reflect a profound grasp of the piety and wisdom of the Jewish traditions, but the Gospels make a further claim of Jesus, depicting him as the Christ- the Savior promised by the ancient biblical prophets who would bring about Gods kingdom. His death by crucifixion (a punishment so degrading that it could not be inflicted on Roman citizens) would seem to have Christianity Spreads The slow growth of the Christian movement was given an early boost by the conversion of the Jewish...
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