Christianity

Christianity

What Is Christianity? Christianity[note 1][2] is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe Jesus is the Son of God and savior of humanity, whose coming as the Messiah (Christ) was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible, and chronicled in the New Testament.[3] Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in...

Josephus on Jesus

Josephus on Jesus The extant manuscripts of the writings of the first-century Romano-Jewish historian Flavius Josephus include references to Jesus and the origins of Christianity.[1][2] Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, written around 93–94 AD, includes two references to the biblical Jesus Christ in Books 18 and 20 and a reference to John the Baptist in Book 18.[1][3] Scholarly opinion varies on...

Chronology of Jesus

Chronology of Jesus A chronology of Jesus aims to establish a timeline for the events of the life of Jesus. Scholars have correlated Jewish and Greco-Roman documents and astronomical calendars with the New Testament accounts to estimate dates for the major events in Jesus’s life. Two main approaches have been...

Unknown Years of Jesus

Unknown Years of Jesus The unknown years of Jesus (also called his silent years, lost years, or missing years) generally refers to the period of Jesus’s life between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry, a period not described in the New Testament.[1][2] The “lost years of Jesus” concept is usually encountered in esoteric literature (where it at...

Christ Child

Christ Child The Christ Child, also known as Divine Infant, Baby Jesus, Infant Jesus, Child Jesus, the Holy Child, and Santo Niño, refers to Jesus Christ from his nativity to age 12.   The four Canonical Gospels accepted by most Christians today lack any narration of the years between Jesus’ infancy and the Finding in the Temple when he was 12. Liturgical...

New Testament Places Associated with Jesus

New Testament Places Associated with Jesus The New Testament narrative of the life of Jesus refers to a number of locations in the Holy Land and a Flight into Egypt. In these accounts the principal locations for the ministry of Jesus were Galilee and Judea, with activities also taking place in surrounding areas such as Perea and Samaria.[1] Other places of interest to scholars...

Life of Jesus in The New Testament

Life of Jesus in The New Testament The four canonical gospels of the New Testament are the primary sources of information for the narrative of the life of Jesus.[2][3] However, other parts of the New Testament, such as the Pauline epistles which were likely written within 20–30 years of each other,[4] also include...

Jesus in The Talmud

Jesus in The Talmud There are several passages in the Talmud which are believed by some scholars to be references to Jesus. The name used in the Talmud is “Yeshu“, the Aramaic vocalization (though not spelling) of the Hebrew name Yeshua.[1][2] The identification of Yeshu as Jesus is problematic. For example, the Talmud mentions Yeshu ben Pandera/ben...

Historical Background of The New Testament

Historical Background of The New Testament Most scholars who study the historical Jesus and early Christianity believe that the canonical gospels and life of Jesus must be viewed within his historical and cultural context, rather than purely in terms of Christian orthodoxy.[1][2] They look at Second Temple Judaism, the tensions, trends, and...

Judaism’s View of Jesus

Judaism’s View of Jesus Among followers of Judaism, Jesus is viewed as having been the most influential and, consequently, the most damaging of all false messiahs.[1] However, since the traditional Jewish belief is that the messiahhas not yet come and the Messianic Age is not yet present, the total rejection of Jesus as either messiah or deity has never been a...

Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus are the earthly appearances of Jesus to his followers after his death and burial. Believers point to them as proof of his resurrection and identity as Messiah, seated in heaven on the right hand of God (the doctrine of the Exaltation of Christ).[1] There is a strong early tradition...

Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem In the accounts of the four canonical Gospels, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem takes place in the days before the Last Supper, marking the beginning of his Passion.[1][2][3][4] Crowds gather around Jesus and believe in him in John 12:9-11 after he raised Lazarus from the dead, and the next day the multitudes that had gathered...

Did Jesus ever say the exact words, “I am God?”

Did Jesus ever say the exact words, “I am God?” No, Jesus never said the exact three words, “I am God.” But Jesus also never said the exact four words, “I am a prophet,” or the exact four words “I am a man,” but we know He was both a...

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Empty Tomb

Empty Tomb In Christianity, the empty tomb is the tomb of Jesus that was found to be empty by the women myrrhbearers who had come to his tomb to carry out their last devotions to Jesus’ body by anointing his body with spices and by pouring oils over it.[1] All four canonical gospels report the incident with some...

Islamic Views on Jesus’ Death

Islamic Views on Jesus’ Death The issue of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus (Isa) is rejected by most Muslims, but similar to Christians they believe that Jesus will return before the end of time. Most Muslims believe Jesus was not crucified, but was raised bodily to heaven by God. The general Islamic view supporting the denial of...

Jesus as A Name

Jesus as A Name Jesus is a masculine given name derived from the name Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), the Greek form of the Hebrew name Yeshua (ישוע‎).[1][2] As its roots lie in the name Yeshua, it is etymologically related to another biblical name, Joshua. “Jesus” remains extremely rare as a given name among the English-speaking world,...

Jesus

Jesus

Who Is Jesus? Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader.[12] He is the central figure of Christianity and is widely described as the most influential person in history.[13] Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of God the Son and the awaited Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament.[14][15] Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity...

Divinity Of Jesus

Divinity Of Jesus The second Christian dogma is that of the Godhood of Jesus. The Athanasion Creed states: “Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believes rightly in the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God from all eternity, the Second...

Divine Sonship Of Jesus

Divine Sonship Of Jesus The third Christian dogma is that Jesus Christ was Son of God in a special and exclusive sense. This dogma also is not in conformity with the sayings and teachings of Jesus. In the Bible this expression has been used for many earlier prophets. For instance,...

Why Would Jesus Have To Die On Cross?

Why Would Jesus Have To Die On Cross? According to the Christian doctrine, Jesus died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. The idea here is that every human is born with sins, or that all humans will sin, and therefore it was necessary that someone as pure...

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