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Louisiana State University
Religious Studies
REL 2120

LECTURE 3thThe earliest dispute with Jews is recorded in the 15 chapter of the Old Testament the Acts of the ApostlesoJesus would be required to follow Jewish practices before becoming a Christian A Pagan had to become a Jew first in order to become a ChristianoThe church leaders lead by James and the other Apostles invited Paul a recent convert and they had a discussion about this dispute The ruling was that new converts nonJewish would not have to observe the entire Jewish law only certain practices These were described as abstinence from fornication and then a modified form of abstaining from foods not kosheroThe chief missionary of the new group was an active participant in the meeting at which this rule was made There is no indication that he was acting with the majority As a result as the great success of Paul in winning new members for the faith by the time the New Testament gospels were composed the ethnic composition of the first century church had changed rapidly It was now no longer a Jewish majority but a very small Jewish minority was a very large gentile majority This change appeared to be a willingness on part of the church to create a religious society without any rules They feared the Pagan influences in Jewish Christian circles and eventually into JudaismAll 4 of the gospels are written by a nonJew and none of the 4 authors shared a personal connection with traditional Judaism oThe general idea is that Jews are not human beings they are in fact products of the devil Nazis act on this idea later1Chief priestsPhariseesscribes acted togetheraThe Chief Priests and the pharaohs scribes hated each other so much that both of them are responsible for inviting the Roman army to come settle the dispute and hopefully decide in their favor which resulted in the Romans killing everybody and deciding in nobodys favor2The final supper of Jesus was a Passover Seder
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