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Thought Paper 4 - Dylan Green JWST 106.608 In its infancy...

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Unformatted text preview: Dylan Green JWST 106.608 In its infancy Christianity established new, Christian meanings for the holidays of other religions and the traditions of those holidays, a common practice for new religions. Easter eggs, for example, come entirely from Pagan tradition. Using a similar thought process one can argue that the Christian Pentecost simply reinvents the Jewish version of the holiday for its own purposes. The Jewish Pentecost actually began solely as a harvest festival. Later however, “a historical interpretation [was] superimposed on it... [as the] Revelation of the Torah was the 'V Kit Ju -< consummation of the liberation from slavery that preceded it” (GoldbergéSZ). The contemporary Jewish faith celebrates Pentecost instead as the celebration of the fiftieth day after the exodus from Egyrfiir the day God gave Moses the Torah at Mount Sinai. Essentially, the day commemorates the birth of Jewish Law and thus the Jewish religion. The Christian Pentecost has several similarities. First, it occurs fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus (similar messages: escaping physical captivity and captivity of original sin). The second similarity’s importance lies more in the historical implication of the day, not its timeSpan from other events. The Christian Pentecost celebrates the Apostles being “filled with the Holy Spirit and [beginning] to speak in other tongues as the Spirit allowed them” (Acts 2:4). This allowed for the Apostles to spread the word of God throughout the world, similar to how the Ten Commandments permitted Judaism to proliferate, leading to its recognition as the birthday of Christianity. Convincing people to convert religions presents unique challenges. Christianity faced these challenge in its early days. The practice of reinterpreting other religious holidays to fit their own narratives and messages, however, made the conversion process easier as it reduced the number of changes an individual needed to make. Therefore, one can reasonably assume the writers of the New Testament used the Jewish Pentecost to facilitate this process. ...
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