How did the religion of Christianity emerge out of Jewish context?
The Hebrews worshiped many gods before they developed a monotheistic religion and developed the idea of the covenant. Abraham had a conversation with god when he introduced the importance of Judaism. The covenant was the agreement between god and the Israelites, which is the key to understanding God's purpose for Israel and the Nations, God also used this as a way to deal with humankind and keep him as the only god. The Jewish had to fight against the Romans since the Romans ruled Judea. Therefore, ruling the Jewish the Romans focused on keeping the Jewish in line.
There Jewish were split into four groups at that time which were the Pharisees, Sadducces, Essenes, and Zealots. The Pharisees the most important of the three were the Pharisees because they are the spiritual fathers of modern Judaism. Their main distinguishing characteristic was a belief in an oral law that God gave to Moses at Sinai along with the Torah. The Sadducees were elitists, who wanted to maintain the priestly caste, but they were also liberal. The Sadducees rejected the idea of the oral law and insisted on a written law. The Essenes, emerged out of disgust with the other two. They believed the others had corrupted the city and the temple so they moved out of Jerusalem and lived a monastic life in the desert. The Zealots where the more aggressive of the groups they were concerned for the national and religious life of the Jewish people led them to despise even Jews who sought peace and conciliation with the Roman authorities. These groups all had one thing In common and they hated the Romans and wanted them out. Jesus of Nazareth who is know today as Jesus Christ gained many followers and all four of the Jewish groups loved him and began considering him the next messiah. Jesus a divine gifted man who was able to preform miracles began to grab too much attention including the Romans attention. The Romans began to see...
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