SMC203Y1 Lecture Notes - Didache, Ritual Purification, Synoptic Gospels

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Published on 17 Nov 2011
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UTSG
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St. Michael's College Courses
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SMC203Y1
SMC 203
Lecture 6
Development of Christian Churches and Beliefs:
Becoming a Christianthere’s emphasis on morality & also upholding certain
doctrinal beliefs and understandings.
Main Rituals Baptism & Eucharist and later, penance.
Early Chrstian church is an oral movement & these early apostles are creating
Christian communities in different areas and are the heads of these areas.
Moral & DoctrinalEthics really mattered to the early Christians. How you
lived your life was of outmost importance.
Before u became a Christian, you had to learn about the faith—could take from 2-
3 years.
People interested in the church were admitted into assemblies but on;y when they
had reached a certain level of knowledge could they be baptized and only the baptized
could partake in the eucharist.
Didache
o1st century
o2 ways= way of life and way of death
oway of life- love god & your neighbour
oway of death- evil robberies, adulteries…
oIf you can shoulder the lord’s yoke then you’ll be perfect—if that’s too
much, do as much as u can—try to be perfect like Jesus: “following the
way”
“imitato cristi” –imitate Christ
Christians had morals that differed from Roman society.
Abortion, infanticide, divorce, adultery, idolatry practiced by Romans but not
by Christians.
Idolatrycaused them to be shunned
Lots of emphasis on preparing for the next world—second coming
What did the early Christians believe:
oOne God.
oWere often called atheists for denying Roman gods.
oAcknowledged J.C. as divine.
oIdea of Trinity is not formally formulated but it’s present
oThey were part of a new covenant.
oEmphasis on life after death
oImportance of Baptism
oBaptism = initiation & purification ritual
oBaptism usually happened during the time of Easter
oOil-renounce satan-break with previous life
o3 dunks in water
owith each submersion you’d be asked a question
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Moral & doctrinal ethics really mattered to the early christians. Becoming a christian there"s emphasis on morality & also upholding certain. Main rituals baptism & eucharist and later, penance. Early chrstian church is an oral movement & these early apostles are creating doctrinal beliefs and understandings. Christian communities in different areas and are the heads of these areas. lived your life was of outmost importance. 3 years. had reached a certain level of knowledge could they be baptized and only the baptized could partake in the eucharist. Before u became a christian, you had to learn about the faith could take from 2- by christians. People interested in the church were admitted into assemblies but on;y when they. Christians had morals that differed from roman society. Abortion, infanticide, divorce, adultery, idolatry practiced by romans but not. Lots of emphasis on preparing for the next world second coming.

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