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islam notes 1 - pg 35 6 centuries of Arabic Christianity...

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pg. 35 • 6 centuries of Arabic Christianity before arrival of Islam • 2 christians from Hira were first to invent Arabic script (according to Book of songs) • IF of purely Arable origin, Allah came from al-(la h, could also have come from non-Arabic, Semitic origin • Hellenistic Christology which deified Jesus, identified him w/ god was unacceptable to Arabs and Is why neither orthodox Byzantine Monophysite, nor Nestorian Christianity permanently rooted in Arab consciousness • don t know much about Jewish Christianity in First centuries b/c • Jewish Christian communities on border of Roman empire were suspected of heresy, large part Of writing was lost Since Mud wound Euphrates didn't preserve documents of Jewish Christians • only have Few pages of Jewish Christianity of Near East b/c it was suppressed Greek-Speaking Jewish Chrisians practiced baptism in name of Jesus but observed law Of Moses, accused Paul of having hindered Possible conversion of Jewish pp I to Jesus - insistence on observance of law separated it from Gentile-Christians but belief in Jesus separates it from mainstream Judaism
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