Body & Soul3 mins ago
Religions in the Bible
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As well, the Old Testament is replete with references to the Cannanite fertility religions of Ashteroth (Asherah)... one that comes to mind is 2 Kings 21:4-7... this is but one of many.
Elijah's confrontation with the 450 prophets of Baal is yet another (1 Kings 18:36-37).
As Far as Jews are concerned, they can be either a race or religion or both... If reffered to as a race, they are usually, not always, a member of the religion by default...
We seem to be diversifying a little, and I welcome Clanad to come on after me, however,
Jews. as I said, were called that because they lived in Judea, I could go back as far as you want, but i'll stay in Judea for now.
Jesus was born a Jew, lived as a Jew, and died as a Jew, Christinity, eg, the faith that worship him as divine, did not come int being until Jesus had died, it couldn't, because the crucifixion and resurrection was needed to fulfill one of the prophesies.
dancealot13, bear with me, 'The Christ', as you called him, is, as you must know, Jesus, who, as I said, lived and died as a Jew, no such thing as Christianity, so to the Jews, then and now, there never has been a 'Christ',
I'm not too sure how to answer your question, except that I could tell you how Judaism came about, and what it evolved from, but it was there long before Jesus.
But dancealot, Yeshua Ha Mashiach was very much "in the Jewish religion", which is what Lonnie has been trying to get across to you, I think.
For centuries, the arrival of Messiah had been prophesied. Yeshua met all of the requirements, but the Jews of the day, especially the leaders in the Temple at Jersusalem were looking for a Messiah that would immediately deliver the nation of Israel from the opression of Rome. They didn't get the concept Yeshua tried to teach them. Regardless, He was always and still is a Jew. He said in Matthew 7:17 and elsewhere "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill it."
Paul (nee Saul of Tarsus, a self-described "Hebrew of Hebrews") clearly wrote, " I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile". (Romans 1:16).
A growing movement among Jews, even in Israel, is the Messianic movement wherein many Jews have come to accept that Yeshua is the Messiah (Ha Mashiach). So there has not been a real separation in the intent of Yahweh between Jews and Christians. This is one of the reasons why the U.S. (and the U.K.) so strongly support the nation of Israel. Early in Genesis Yahweh promised "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. All of the families of the earth will be blessed in you" (Genesis 12:3). The existence of Israel today is proof enough of that... in my opinion...
His sorrow was especially true in that the High Priest, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin and Saducees all should have known, from Daniel 9:24, that Messiah could only come in the 490 year time frame detailed there. They missed it, but He didn't... right on time as always...
Thanks for your interest...