Before get idea of believe, need to know act
Why is a Eucharistic (or "thanksgiving") meal central to Christian practice?
Why is it often called a sacrificial meal?
Idea behind going beyond circumcision and doing baptism is cleansing and idea of new day purifying
Sense of symbolic resurrection
o Going in water and "dying" and then coming back anew
Why does Jesus need to be baptized if he's supposed to be unsinful son of god?
o Jesus comes to represent high priest (Jewish high priest) who would've been religiously
baptizes or anointed
Mention of baptism in Gospel too
o "Trully tully, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannout enter the
kingdom of God"
Baptism is central
People put off baptism as long as they can if know they'll in later on so that after baptism can be
pure as possible
Idea of "death" and renewal is fundamental
In addition to textual versions, have pictorial witnesses from catacombs in Rome where Christians
would be baptized
Debates on how Christianity should relate to Judaism
o Some thought Easter should be on same day as Passover, others say follow Roman calendar
Marcenion is the guy who wants to strip away all Jewish ties and focuses just on Luke because Luke
focuses more on gentiles
He's rejected because it's argued that it's important to understand Jewish scriptures because
Jesus was a Jew and to understand his message have to understand Hebrew structure, even
though are different from Jews, can't renounce those ties
o Regarded as problem cuz he had idea that there are 2 Gods: God from New Testament and a
Redeemer God who's brought redemption (Jesus)
o He thinks Jesus wasn't fully human but was fully divine and just put on a human forum to
mask divinity and spurs other Christians to argue why the body is important, why Jesus'
humanity is important and Jewish scriptures to know Jesus' purpose
Gnostic Christians (gnosis= knowledge)
o Regarded themselves as orthodox though other didn't
The same as Marcenious Christians rejected humanity of Jesus
o Say all humans are born with small