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2.1.2.1 The Early Church & its Jewish and Pagan Origin

Christianity began as a movement within Judaism at a period when the Jews had long been under foreign influence and rule; they found in their religion, rather than in their politics or cultural achievements, the strength of their community. In Palestinian Judaism the predominant note was separation and exclusiveness. Jewish missionaries to other areas were strictly expected to impose the distinctive Jewish customs of circumcision, kosher food, and Sabbaths and other festivals. The relationship of the earliest Christian Church to Judaism rested principally on two questions: – The messianic role of Jesus of Nazareth. – The permanent validity of the Mosaic Law for all. As a result the earliest members of the Christian faith tradition were Jews, as was Jesus himself. They were monotheists devoted to the God of Israel. When they made … Read entire article »

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1.1 Introduction

The Bible is a very valuable book and not only from a religious point of view. It is extremely well conceived and as such can be classified among the best books ever written; it is a master piece of literature. It is also indispensable for the study of the history of its time and, obviously, it is important to the study of religions. The Old Testament (called also Hebrew Scriptures) is the base of the Jewish faith. That same book and the New Testament are the sacred books of the Christians. Islam, the third monotheist religion, uses the teaching of the Bible in its sacred book, the Koran. The Bible answers the basic and timeless questions that Man has always asked: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a God? … Read entire article »

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