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The very beginnings of christianity take place absolutely in the context of judaism. The time of jesus, first century ce (common era) the land of israel is part of the roman empire. Apocalyptic sentiment: desperate hope that someone (like a messiah) will help them out in a difficult situation. Important for understanding judaism at the time: christianity emerges as an apocalyptic movement within judaism. The end time in an apocalypse is always the beginning time of something else. Primary sources of how we know how jesus might ve been are gospels: book that is considered a holy text. It gives us the best well-rounded picture of who this person might be. Importance of each of the gospels is that each one is tied to eyewitness account or some sort of eyewitness experience. Mosaic portrait of jesus: what jesus is made up of different interpretations to create the picture of the jesus we know.

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