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In general, the authors of the New Testament showed little interest in an absolute chronology of Jesus or in synchronizing the episodes of his life with the secular history of the age. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke offer two accounts of the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew traces Jesus' ancestry to Abraham through David 1: Matthew has twenty-seven generations from David to Joseph, whereas Luke has forty-two, with almost no overlap between the names on the two lists. Matthew and Luke each describe Jesus' birth, especially that Jesus was born by a virgin named Mary in Bethlehem in fulfillment of prophecy.

Luke's account emphasizes events before the birth of Jesus and centers on Mary, while Matthew's mostly covers those after the birth and centers on Joseph. In Matthew, Joseph is troubled because Mary, his betrothed, is pregnant Matthew 1: Herod the Great hears of Jesus' birth and, wanting him killed, orders the murders of male infants in Bethlehem.

But an angel warns Joseph in his second dream, and the family flees to Egypt —later to return and settle in Nazareth. While there Mary gives birth to Jesus, and as they have found no room in the inn, she places the newborn in a manger Luke 2: An angel announces the birth to some shepherds , who go to Bethlehem to see Jesus, and subsequently spread the news abroad Luke 2: Jesus' childhood home is identified in the gospels of Luke and Matthew as the town of Nazareth in Galilee , where he lived with his family.

Although Joseph appears in descriptions of Jesus' childhood, no mention is made of him thereafter. The Gospel of Mark reports that Jesus comes into conflict with his neighbors and family. Jesus responds that his followers are his true family. In John, Mary follows Jesus to his crucifixion, and he expresses concern over her well-being John When Jesus is presented as a baby in the temple per Jewish Law, a man named Simeon says to Mary and Joseph that Jesus "shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul.

Then the secret thoughts of many will come to light" Luke 2: Several years later, when Jesus goes missing on a visit to Jerusalem , his parents find him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions, and the people are amazed at his understanding and answers; Mary scolds Jesus for going missing, to which Jesus replies that he must "be in his father's house" Luke 2: The Synoptic accounts of Jesus' baptism are all preceded by information about John the Baptist.

Likewise, Luke says that John had the spirit and power of Elijah Luke 1: In Mark, John baptizes Jesus, and as he comes out of the water he sees the Holy Spirit descending to him like a dove and he hears a voice from heaven declaring him to be God's Son Mark 1: This is one of two events described in the gospels where a voice from Heaven calls Jesus "Son", the other being the Transfiguration. Jesus then begins his ministry after John's arrest Mark 1: Jesus' baptism in Matthew is similar.

Here, before Jesus' baptism, John protests, saying, "I need to be baptized by you" Matthew 3: Jesus instructs him to carry on with the baptism "to fulfill all righteousness" Matthew 3: Matthew also details the three temptations that Satan offers Jesus in the wilderness Matthew 4: In Luke, the Holy Spirit descends as a dove after everyone has been baptized and Jesus is praying Luke 3: John implicitly recognizes Jesus from prison after sending his followers to ask about him Luke 7: Jesus' baptism and temptation serve as preparation for his public ministry.

The Gospel of John leaves out Jesus' baptism and temptation. Before John is imprisoned, Jesus leads his followers to baptize disciples as well John 3: The Synoptics depict two distinct geographical settings in Jesus' ministry. The first takes place north of Judea , in Galilee , where Jesus conducts a successful ministry; and the second shows Jesus rejected and killed when he travels to Jerusalem.

John depicts Jesus' ministry as largely taking place in and around Jerusalem, rather than in Galilee; and Jesus' divine identity is openly proclaimed and immediately recognized. Scholars divide the ministry of Jesus into several stages. The Galilean ministry begins when Jesus returns to Galilee from the Judaean Desert after rebuffing the temptation of Satan. Jesus preaches around Galilee, and in Matthew 4: As Jesus travels towards Jerusalem, in the Perean ministry, he returns to the area where he was baptized, about a third of the way down from the Sea of Galilee along the Jordan River John This period culminates in the Last Supper and the Farewell Discourse.

Near the beginning of his ministry, Jesus appoints twelve apostles. In Matthew and Mark, despite Jesus only briefly requesting that they join him, Jesus' first four apostles, who were fishermen, are described as immediately consenting, and abandoning their nets and boats to do so Matthew 4: In John, Jesus' first two apostles were disciples of John the Baptist.

Also, in Luke They are instructed to accept hospitality, heal the sick and spread the word that the Kingdom of God is coming. In Mark, the disciples are notably obtuse. They fail to understand Jesus' miracles Mark 4: When Jesus is later arrested, they desert him. The Kingdom is described as both imminent Mark 1: Jesus promises inclusion in the Kingdom for those who accept his message Mark Jesus talks of the " Son of Man ," an apocalyptic figure who would come to gather the chosen.

Jesus calls people to repent their sins and to devote themselves completely to God. And a second is like it: Other ethical teachings of Jesus include loving your enemies , refraining from hatred and lust, turning the other cheek , and forgiving people who have sinned against you Matthew 5—7. John's Gospel presents the teachings of Jesus not merely as his own preaching, but as divine revelation. John the Baptist, for example, states in John 3: The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.

Approximately thirty parables form about one third of Jesus' recorded teachings.

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But the one who does not have will be deprived even more. In the gospel accounts, Jesus devotes a large portion of his ministry performing miracles , especially healings. Jesus states that his miracles are from a divine source. When Jesus' opponents suddenly accuse him of performing exorcisms by the power of Beelzebul , the prince of demons, Jesus counters that he performs them by the "Spirit of God" Matthew In John, Jesus' miracles are described as "signs", performed to prove his mission and divinity.

Also, in the Synoptic Gospels, the crowds regularly respond to Jesus' miracles with awe and press on him to heal their sick. In John's Gospel, Jesus is presented as unpressured by the crowds, who often respond to his miracles with trust and faith. In the cleansing of ten lepers and the raising of Jairus' daughter , for instance, the beneficiaries are told that their healing was due to their faith. At about the middle of each of the three Synoptic Gospels are two significant events: In the Transfiguration Matthew The description of the last week of the life of Jesus often called Passion Week occupies about one third of the narrative in the canonical gospels, [] starting with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with his Crucifixion.


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In the Synoptics, the last week in Jerusalem is the conclusion of the journey through Perea and Judea that Jesus began in Galilee. Jesus next expels the money changers from the Second Temple , accusing them of turning it into a den of thieves through their commercial activities. Jesus then prophesies about the coming destruction, including false prophets, wars, earthquakes, celestial disorders, persecution of the faithful, the appearance of an "abomination of desolation," and unendurable tribulations Mark The mysterious "Son of Man," he says, will dispatch angels to gather the faithful from all parts of the earth Mark Jesus warns that these wonders will occur in the lifetimes of the hearers Mark Jesus comes into conflict with the Jewish elders, such as when they question his authority and when he criticizes them and calls them hypocrites.

This potent sign [] increases the tension with authorities, [] who conspire to kill him John John next recounts Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. The Last Supper is the final meal that Jesus shares with his 12 apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. In the Synoptics, Jesus takes bread, breaks it, and gives it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you". He then has them all drink from a cup, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood" Luke In all four gospels, Jesus predicts that Peter will deny knowledge of him three times before the rooster crows the next morning.

In Matthew and Mark, the prediction is made after the Supper; Jesus also predicts that all his disciples will desert him Matthew Chapters 14—17 of the Gospel of John are known as the Farewell Discourse and are a significant source of Christological content. In the Synoptics, Jesus and his disciples go to the garden Gethsemane , where Jesus prays to be spared his coming ordeal. Then Judas comes with an armed mob, sent by the chief priests, scribes and elders.

He kisses Jesus to identify him to the crowd, which then arrests Jesus. In an attempt to stop them, an unnamed disciple of Jesus uses a sword to cut off the ear of a man in the crowd. After Jesus' arrest, his disciples go into hiding, and Peter, when questioned, thrice denies knowing Jesus. After the third denial, Peter hears the rooster crow and recalls Jesus' prediction about his denial. Peter then weeps bitterly. The gospel identifies Peter as the disciple who used the sword, and Jesus rebukes him for it.

After his arrest, Jesus is taken to the Sanhedrin , a Jewish judicial body. Early the next morning, the chief priests and scribes lead Jesus away into their council. During the trials Jesus speaks very little, mounts no defense, and gives very infrequent and indirect answers to the priests' questions, prompting an officer to slap him. In Matthew and Luke, Jesus' answer is more ambiguous: Herod and his soldiers mock Jesus, put an expensive robe on him to make him look like a king, and return him to Pilate, [] who then calls together the Jewish elders and announces that he has "not found this man guilty".

Observing a Passover custom of the time, Pilate allows one prisoner chosen by the crowd to be released. They beat and taunt him before taking him to Calvary , [] also called Golgotha, for crucifixion. Jesus' crucifixion is described in all four canonical gospels. After the trials, Jesus is led to Calvary carrying his cross ; the route traditionally thought to have been taken is known as the Via Dolorosa.

The three Synoptic Gospels indicate that Simon of Cyrene assists him, having been compelled by the Romans to do so. According to Matthew and Mark, he refuses it. The soldiers then crucify Jesus and cast lots for his clothes. Two convicted thieves are crucified along with Jesus. In Matthew and Mark, both thieves mock Jesus. In Luke, one of them rebukes Jesus, while the other defends him. In John, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the beloved disciple were at the crucifixion. Jesus tells the beloved disciple to take care of his mother John The Roman soldiers break the two thieves' legs a procedure designed to hasten death in a crucifixion , but they do not break those of Jesus, as he is already dead John On the same day, Joseph of Arimathea , with Pilate's permission and with Nicodemus ' help, removes Jesus' body from the cross , wraps him in a clean cloth, and buries him in his new rock-hewn tomb.

Mary Magdalene alone in John, but accompanied by other women in the Synoptics goes to Jesus' tomb on Sunday morning and is surprised to find it empty. Despite Jesus' teaching, the disciples had not understood that Jesus would rise again. Jesus' ascension into Heaven is described in Luke In the Acts of the Apostles , forty days after the Resurrection, as the disciples look on, "he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight". The Acts of the Apostles describes several appearances of Jesus after his Ascension.

After Jesus's life, his followers, as described in the first chapters of the Acts of the Apostles , were all Jews either by birth or conversion , for which the biblical term " proselyte " is used, [] and referred to by historians as Jewish Christians. The early Gospel message was spread orally , probably in Aramaic , [] but almost immediately also in Greek. After the conversion of Paul the Apostle , he claimed the title of "Apostle to the Gentiles".

Paul's influence on Christian thinking is said to be more significant than that of any other New Testament author. Numerous quotations in the New Testament and other Christian writings of the first centuries, indicate that early Christians generally used and revered the Hebrew Bible the Tanakh as religious text , mostly in the Greek Septuagint or Aramaic Targum translations. Early Christians wrote many religious works, including the ones included in the canon of the New Testament. The canonical texts, which have become the main sources used by historians to try to understand the historical Jesus and sacred texts within Christianity, were probably written between 50 and AD.

Prior to the Enlightenment , the gospels were usually regarded as accurate historical accounts, but since then scholars have emerged who question the reliability of the gospels and draw a distinction between the Jesus described in the gospels and the Jesus of history. Approaches to the historical reconstruction of the life of Jesus have varied from the "maximalist" approaches of the 19th century, in which the gospel accounts were accepted as reliable evidence wherever it is possible, to the "minimalist" approaches of the early 20th century, where hardly anything about Jesus was accepted as historical.

A Roman prefect , rather than a client king, ruled the land. As an exception, the prefect came to Jerusalem during religious festivals, when religious and patriotic enthusiasm sometimes inspired unrest or uprisings. Gentile lands surrounded the Jewish territories of Judea and Galilee , but Roman law and practice allowed Jews to remain separate legally and culturally.

Galilee was evidently prosperous, and poverty was limited enough that it did not threaten the social order. This was the era of Hellenistic Judaism , which combined Jewish religious tradition with elements of Hellenistic Greek culture. Hellenistic Judaism also existed in Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period , where there was conflict between Hellenizers and traditionalists sometimes called Judaizers. Jews based their faith and religious practice on the Torah , five books said to have been given by God to Moses.

The three prominent religious parties were the Pharisees , the Essenes , and the Sadducees. Together these parties represented only a small fraction of the population. Most Jews looked forward to a time that God would deliver them from their pagan rulers, possibly through war against the Romans. New Testament scholars face a formidable challenge when they analyze the canonical Gospels.

Mark, which is most likely the earliest written gospel, has been considered for many decades the most historically accurate. The non-canonical Gospel of Thomas might be an independent witness to many of Jesus' parables and aphorisms. For example, Thomas confirms that Jesus blessed the poor and that this saying circulated independently before being combined with similar sayings in the Q source. Early non-Christian sources that attest to the historical existence of Jesus include the works of the historians Josephus and Tacitus.

Scholars generally consider Tacitus's reference to the execution of Jesus to be both authentic and of historical value as an independent Roman source. Non-Christian sources are valuable in two ways. First, they show that even neutral or hostile parties never evince any doubt that Jesus actually existed. Second, they present a rough picture of Jesus that is compatible with that found in the Christian sources: Archeology helps scholars better understand Jesus' social world. Jesus was a Galilean Jew, [12] born around the beginning of the 1st century, who died in 30 or 33 AD in Judea. The gospels offer several clues concerning the year of Jesus' birth.

The years of Jesus' ministry have been estimated using several different approaches.

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A number of approaches have been used to estimate the year of the crucifixion of Jesus. Most scholars agree that he died in 30 or 33 AD. The dates for Paul's conversion and ministry can be determined by analyzing the Pauline epistles and the Acts of the Apostles. Scholars have reached a limited consensus on the basics of Jesus' life.

Many scholars agree that Joseph, Jesus' father, died by the time Jesus began his ministry. Joseph is not mentioned at all in the gospels during Jesus' ministry. Joseph's death would explain why in Mark 6: According to Theissen and Merz, it is common for extraordinary charismatic leaders , such as Jesus, to come into conflict with their ordinary families.

Sanders, the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke are the clearest case of invention in the Gospel narratives of Jesus' life. Both accounts have Jesus born in Bethlehem , in accordance with Jewish salvation history, and both have him growing up in Nazareth. But Sanders points that the two Gospels report completely different and irreconcilable explanations for how that happened. Luke's account of a census in which everyone returned to their ancestral cities is not plausible. Matthew's account is more plausible, but the story reads as though it was invented to identify Jesus as like a new Moses , and the historian Josephus reports Herod the Great's brutality without ever mentioning that he massacred little boys.

Sanders says that the genealogies of Jesus are based not on historical information but on the authors' desire to show that Jesus was the universal Jewish savior. Most modern scholars consider Jesus' baptism to be a definite historical fact, along with his crucifixion. Dunn states that they "command almost universal assent" and "rank so high on the 'almost impossible to doubt or deny' scale of historical facts" that they are often the starting points for the study of the historical Jesus.

Most scholars hold that Jesus lived in Galilee and Judea and did not preach or study elsewhere. According to Ehrman, Jesus taught that a coming kingdom was everyone's proper focus, not anything in this life.

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According to Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, these teaching sessions include authentic teachings of Jesus, but the scenes were invented by the respective evangelists to frame these teachings, which had originally been recorded without context. First, he attributed them to the faith of those healed. Second, he connected them to end times prophecy. Jesus chose twelve disciples [] the "Twelve" , evidently as an apocalyptic message. In Ehrman's view, no Christians would have invented a line from Jesus, promising rulership to the disciple who betrayed him.

While others sometimes respond to Jesus with complete faith, his disciples are puzzled and doubtful. Sanders says that Jesus' mission was not about repentance , although he acknowledges that this opinion is unpopular. He argues that repentance appears as a strong theme only in Luke, that repentance was John the Baptist 's message, and that Jesus' ministry would not have been scandalous if the sinners he ate with had been repentant. Jesus taught that an apocalyptic figure, the " Son of Man ", would soon come on clouds of glory to gather the elect, or chosen ones Mark He referred to himself as a " son of man " in the colloquial sense of "a person", but scholars do not know whether he also meant himself when he referred to the heavenly "Son of Man".

The title Christ , or Messiah , indicates that Jesus' followers believed him to be the anointed heir of King David , whom some Jews expected to save Israel. The Gospels refer to him not only as a Messiah but in the absolute form as "the Messiah" or, equivalently, "the Christ". In early Judaism, this absolute form of the title is not found, but only phrases such as "his Messiah".

The tradition is ambiguous enough to leave room for debate as to whether Jesus defined his eschatological role as that of the Messiah. Sanders associates it with Jesus' prophecy that the Temple would be totally demolished. The differences in the accounts cannot be completely reconciled, and it is impossible to know what Jesus intended, but in general the meal seems to point forward to the coming Kingdom. Jesus probably expected to be killed, and he may have hoped that God would intervene. The Gospels say that Jesus was betrayed to the authorities by a disciple, and many scholars consider this report to be highly reliable.

After Jesus' death, his followers said he rose from the dead, although exact details of their experiences are unclear. According to Sanders, the Gospel reports contradict each other, which, according to him, suggests competition among those claiming to have seen him first rather than deliberate fraud. Michael White suggests that inconsistencies in the Gospels reflect differences in the agendas of their unknown authors. Modern research on the historical Jesus has not led to a unified picture of the historical figure, partly because of the variety of academic traditions represented by the scholars.

Jesus is seen as the founder of, in the words of Sanders, a '"renewal movement within Judaism. A disagreement in contemporary research is whether Jesus was apocalyptic. Most scholars conclude that he was an apocalyptic preacher, like John the Baptist and Paul the Apostle. In contrast, certain prominent North American scholars, such as Burton Mack and John Dominic Crossan, advocate for a non-eschatological Jesus, one who is more of a Cynic sage than an apocalyptic preacher.

Since the 18th century, scholars have occasionally put forth that Jesus was a political national messiah, but the evidence for this portrait is negligible. Likewise, the proposal that Jesus was a Zealot does not fit with the earliest strata of the Synoptic tradition.

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Jesus grew up in Galilee and much of his ministry took place there. Modern scholars agree that Jesus was a Jew of 1st-century Palestine. The New Testament gives no description of the physical appearance of Jesus before his death—it is generally indifferent to racial appearances and does not refer to the features of the people it mentions. The Christ myth theory is the hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed; or if he did, that he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity and the accounts in the gospels. Apart from his own disciples and followers, the Jews of Jesus' day generally rejected him as the Messiah, as do the great majority of Jews today.

Christian theologians, ecumenical councils , reformers and others have written extensively about Jesus over the centuries. Christian sects and schisms have often been defined or characterized by their descriptions of Jesus. Meanwhile, Manichaeans , Gnostics , Muslims, Baha'is, and others have found prominent places for Jesus in their religions.

Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. These documents outline the key beliefs held by Christians about Jesus, including his divinity, humanity, and earthly life, and that he is the Christ and the Son of God. The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith 1 Corinthians Most Christians believe that Jesus was both human and the Son of God.

However, the doctrine of the Trinity is not universally accepted among Christians. Christians revere not only Jesus himself, but also his name. Devotions to the Holy Name of Jesus go back to the earliest days of Christianity. Judaism rejects the idea of Jesus being God, [42] or a mediator to God, or part of a Trinity. Judaic criticism of Jesus is long-standing. The Talmud, written and compiled from the 3rd to the 5th century AD, [] includes stories that since medieval times have been considered to be defamatory accounts of Jesus. Medieval Hebrew literature contains the anecdotal "Episode of Jesus" known also as Toledot Yeshu , in which Jesus is described as being the son of Joseph, the son of Pandera see: The account portrays Jesus as an impostor.

Islamic texts emphasize a strict notion of monotheism tawhid and forbid the association of partners with God, which would be idolatry. The Quran describes the annunciation to Mary Maryam by an angel that she is to give birth to Jesus while remaining a virgin. It calls the virgin birth a miracle that occurred by the will of God.

To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles , by permission of God rather than by his own power. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has several distinct teachings about Jesus. Ahmadis believe that he was a mortal man who survived his crucifixion and died a natural death at the age of in Kashmir , India and is buried at Roza Bal.

In Christian Gnosticism now a largely extinct religious movement , [] Jesus was sent from the divine realm and provided the secret knowledge gnosis necessary for salvation. Most Gnostics believed that Jesus was a human who became possessed by the spirit of "the Christ" at his baptism. This spirit left Jesus' body during the crucifixion, but was rejoined to him when he was raised from the dead.

Some Gnostics, however, were docetics , believed that Jesus did not have a physical body, but only appeared to possess one. Some Hindus consider Jesus to be an avatar or a sadhu. For example, Richard Dawkins has called him "a great moral teacher". Some of the earliest depictions of Jesus at the Dura-Europos church are firmly dated to before The depiction of Christ in pictorial form was highly controversial in the early church. Although large images are generally avoided, few Protestants now object to book illustrations depicting Jesus.

The Transfiguration was a major theme in Eastern Christian art, and every Eastern Orthodox monk who had trained in icon painting had to prove his craft by painting an icon depicting it. Before the Protestant Reformation, the crucifix was common in Western Christianity. It is a model of the cross with Jesus crucified on it. The crucifix became the central ornament of the altar in the 13th century, a use that has been nearly universal in Roman Catholic churches since then.

Jesus appears as an infant in a manger feed trough in Christmas creches, which depict the Nativity scene. The total destruction that ensued with the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 made the survival of items from 1st-century Judea very rare and almost no direct records survive about the history of Judaism from the last part of the 1st century through the 2nd century. However, throughout the history of Christianity a number of relics attributed to Jesus have been claimed, although doubt has been cast on them. The 16th-century Catholic theologian Erasmus wrote sarcastically about the proliferation of relics and the number of buildings that could have been constructed from the wood claimed to be from the cross used in the Crucifixion.

Some relics, such as purported remnants of the Crown of Thorns , receive only a modest number of pilgrims, while the Shroud of Turin which is associated with an approved Catholic devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus , has received millions, [] including popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. For other uses, see Jesus disambiguation. For the Christian theological concept of the Messiah, see Christ title.

For other uses, see Christ disambiguation. For other uses, see Jesus of Nazareth disambiguation. Judea , Roman Empire [5]. Jerusalem , Judea , Roman Empire.

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    Muslims believe that she conceived her son miraculously by the command of God. Joseph was from these perspectives the acting adoptive father. I have to say that I do not know any respectable critical scholar who says that any more". Price does not believe that Jesus existed, but agrees that this perspective runs against the views of the majority of scholars.

    Dunn calls the theories of Jesus' non-existence "a thoroughly dead thesis". Van Voorst states that biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of non-existence of Jesus as effectively refuted. These units were later moved and arranged by authors and editors. Some material has been revised and some created by early Christians. His followers came to believe he was the promised Messiah and later split away from Judaism to found Christianity.

    The fact that Jesus existed, that he was crucified under Pontius Pilate for whatever reason and that he had a band of followers who continued to support his cause, seems to be part of the bedrock of historical tradition. If nothing else, the non-Christian evidence can provide us with certainty on that score. Meier states that Jesus' birth year is c.

    Or if he did, he had virtually nothing to do with the founding of Christianity. Neither God Nor Man. Age of Reason, , pp. Christology was a major focus of these debates, and was addressed at every one of the first seven ecumenical councils. Some early beliefs viewed Jesus as ontologically subordinate to the Father Subordinationism , and others considered him an aspect of the Father rather than a separate person Sabellianism , both were condemned as heresies by the Catholic Church. Footnote on Contr.

    Not least, the nature of the image and how it was fixed on the cloth remain deeply puzzling". The roots of the problem and the person. Handbook of Biblical Chronology, rev. The birth of the Messiah: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels. How Jesus became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.

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    Wipf and Stock Publishers. Archived from the original on May 1, Concise Encyclopedia of Islam. Christians, Muslims, and Jesus. A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice. Joseph is said to have been a carpenter Matthew As a young adult, he went to be baptized by the prophet John the Baptist and shortly thereafter became an itinerant preacher and healer Mark 1: In his mids Jesus had a short public career, lasting perhaps less than one year, during which he attracted considerable attention.

    Sometime between ad 29 and 33—possibly ad 30—he went to observe Passover in Jerusalem , where his entrance, according to the Gospels, was triumphant and infused with eschatological significance. While there he was arrested, tried, and executed. His disciples became convinced that he still lived and had appeared to them. They converted others to belief in him, which eventually led to a new religion , Christianity. Rome had legions in both countries but not in Palestine.

    That end was achieved for a long time by permitting Herod to remain king of Judaea 37—4 bc and allowing him a free hand in governing his kingdom, as long as the requirements of stability and loyalty were met. Both sons were given lesser titles than king: Archelaus was ethnarch, and Antipas was tetrarch.

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    That minor Roman aristocrat later called a procurator was supported by a small Roman army of approximately 3, men. The soldiers, however, came not from Italy but from nearby Gentile cities, especially Caesarea and Sebaste; presumably, the officers were from Italy. Although nominally in charge of Judaea, Samaria, and Idumaea, the prefect did not govern his area directly. Instead, he relied on local leaders. They came to Jerusalem only to ensure peace during the pilgrimage festivals— Passover , Weeks Shabuoth , and Booths Sukkoth —when large crowds and patriotic themes sometimes combined to spark unrest or uprisings.

    On a day-to-day basis Jerusalem was governed by the high priest. Assisted by a council, he had the difficult task of mediating between the remote Roman prefect and the local populace, which was hostile toward pagans and wanted to be free of foreign interference. His political responsibility was to maintain order and to see that tribute was paid.

    Since he and Pilate were in power together for 10 years, they must have collaborated successfully. Judaea including Jerusalem was nominally governed by Pilate, but the actual daily rule of Jerusalem was in the hands of Caiaphas and his council. Galilee and Judaea, the principal Jewish areas of Palestine, were surrounded by Gentile territories i.

    There also was some exchange of populations: Jewish merchants and traders could probably speak some Greek , but the primary language of Palestinian Jews was Aramaic a Semitic language closely related to Hebrew. On the other hand, the Jews resisted paganism and excluded temples for the worship of the gods of Greece and Rome from their cities, along with the Greek educational institutions the ephebeia and gymnasion , gladiatorial contests, and other buildings or institutions typical of Gentile areas.

    Because Jewish-Gentile relations in the land that the Jews considered their own were often uneasy, Jewish areas were usually governed separately from Gentile areas. The reign of Herod the Great was the exception to that rule, but even he treated the Jewish and the Gentile parts of his kingdom differently, fostering Greco-Roman culture in Gentile sectors but introducing only very minor aspects of it in Jewish areas. In the 1st century Rome showed no interest in making the Jews in Palestine and other parts of the empire conform to common Greco-Roman culture. A series of decrees by Julius Caesar, Augustus, the Roman Senate, and various city councils permitted Jews to keep their own customs, even when they were antithetical to Greco-Roman culture.

    Neither did Rome colonize Jewish Palestine. Few individual Gentiles from abroad would have been attracted to live in Jewish cities, where they would have been cut off from their customary worship and cultural activities. The Gentiles who lived in Tiberias and other Jewish cities were probably natives of nearby Gentile cities, and many were Syrians, who could probably speak both Aramaic and Greek. Most people in the ancient world produced food, clothing, or both and could afford few luxuries.

    Most Palestinian Jewish farmers and herdsmen, however, earned enough to support their families, pay their taxes, offer sacrifices during one or more annual festivals, and let their land lie fallow in the sabbatical years, when cultivation was prohibited. Galilee in particular was relatively prosperous, since the land and climate permitted abundant harvests and supported many sheep. There were, of course, landless people, but the Herodian dynasty was careful to organize large public works projects that employed thousands of men. Desperate poverty was present too but never reached a socially dangerous level.

    At the other end of the economic spectrum, few if any Palestinian Jews had the vast fortunes that successful merchants in port cities could accumulate. However, there were Jewish aristocrats with large estates and grand houses, and the merchants who served the Temple supplying, for example, incense and fabric could become very prosperous. The gap between rich and poor in Palestine was obvious and distressing to the poor, but, compared with that of the rest of the world, it was not especially wide.

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