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Transcript of Christianity
Early Church and Beliefs
What we know of Jesus and his life comes from the writing of his students and followers who wrote
These collected stories and writings, written 30-70 years after the death of Jesus would become the
He would spend his early life in the city of Nazareth as a carpenter and student of the Jewish faith.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Judea.
What we know of Jesus comes from these writings.
In his 30's he was baptized and shortly after began to preach his own unique faith.
Jesus preached beliefs that were based on the traditional Jewish faith he had been taught, but he emphasized...
Love for God
Love for one's neighbor
Avoidance of earthly pleasures and riches.
to teach his ideas.
What is Christianity?
A parable is a simple story expressing a moral or religious idea.
Jesus gained massive attention as a preacher.
At first he taught in synagogues, but he attracted such large crowds that he began teaching in open spaces.
Jesus' work attracted the attention
of his Roman rulers. Afraid of another
charismatic leader, leading another large moment, the Romans prepared for a rebellion.
Jesus begins his work, preaching a faith that is similar to his native faith of Judaism, but different in important ways.
Jesus' faith became extraordinarily popular, drawing huge crowds of worshipers.
The Roman leaders saw Jesus as a potential leader of a new rebellion in the region.
The Jews had rebelled many times under the leadership of other preachers.
In 30 CE Jesus was crucified as an enemy of the Roman empire. He died and was entombed by his followers.
...But that was not the end of his faith.
According to his followers, Jesus was
from his grave.
Returned to his students and told them that he was the son of god sent to bring salvation to the faithful.
His students would travel the Roman empire spreading Jesus' story and teachings.
One of the most successful of these
was Paul the Apostle.
Saul/Paul was an educated man who spoke Greek and Hebrew among other languages.
He made a special effort to convert non-Jews and was very successful in Greece.
Eventually he was jailed and executed, but not before converting many followers across the empire.
Rome, at first, was tolerant of Christians. What was one more god when there were already so many?
However, Christians refused to worship other gods and would not admit that the Roman emperor was divine.
This led the Roman Empire to see them as a threat and it treated them accordingly.