Introduction to Christianity by Mary Jo Weaver
By Mary Jo Weaver
Achieve a greater figuring out of Christianity--its heritage, using principles, and diverse diversities--with the aid of this best-selling Christianity textual content by way of the best, revered authors Weaver and Brakke. This long-awaited creation TO CHRISTIANITY, Fourth variation, deals an effective, useful starting place of the necessities of Christianity, interlaced with dynamic dialogue and glimpses into the various newest Christian hobbies world wide. clean, thematic Sidebars, a favored hallmark of this e-book, weave present matters equivalent to state-of-the-art spirituality into historical past, whereas the book's balanced insurance brings to lifestyles the old, cultural, theological, and social features of Christianity's improvement. You concentrate on the numerous routine, key members, and strong controversies that experience united in addition to divided Christians through the a long time and centuries. New and up to date thematic Sidebars, a favored hallmark of this booklet, weave forex into the historical past with a spotlight on spirituality, humans, innovations, and controversies, together with a brand new set of Sidebars that concentrate on the human event of the divine. The textual content engages scholars to debate and replicate upon the demanding situations that Christians have confronted all through time. creation TO CHRISTIANITY, Fourth version, can provide a thought-provoking creation and insights you will not are looking to pass over
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Christians, in their desire to explain Jesus in light of Jewish expectations, also reinterpreted the covenants. According to them, the covenants with Abraham and David refer to Jesus (see Matt. 1:1; Rom. 1:3; Gal. 3:16). by the Babylonians. Why did God let this happen to this chosen people? Here we must turn to the prophets and enter a new phase of Israelite history. The word prophet comes from the Hebrew word nabi, which perhaps means ‘‘called by God’’ and usually implies someone who is called to speak God’s word to those who seem to have forgotten it.
In general, the people of Israel agreed to bind themselves to only one God, the Lord: they shall ‘‘have no other gods before’’ the Lord (Exod. 20:3). Note that the Bible assumes the existence of other gods: the people must choose to follow the Lord alone (Josh. 24:15). In return, God promised to protect Israel in return for their fidelity to God and the Law. When we read the history of Israel, however, we see that they were not always under divine protection. How can this be explained? As the biblical authors saw it, the ups and downs of their history were a result of Israel’s wavering fidelity to their promises.
In this mood, many ideas about the Messiah focused on military conquest. The Messiah might be wise, but most of all he would be a powerful warrior-king who could conquer evil and begin the age of bliss. 24 CHAPTER 2 THE JEWS DIVIDED Judaism at the time of Jesus’ birth was not monolithic but varied, especially in attitudes toward Roman domination and in expectations about the Messiah. There were probably about ﬁve hundred thousand Jews in Palestine at the time of Jesus, divided into many different groups.