Galilean Jewishness of Jesus

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Anny Bae
02/07/2013
The Galilean Jewishness of Jesus:
The Development of the Christian Faith

With more than 41,000 different denominations and organizations, Christianity is currently ranked as the largest religion in the world. In other words, as of 2010, approximately one third of the global population were of the Christian faith, numbering in at 2.18 billion Christians (2. Fairchild). Despite being the current most superlative religion, Christianity itself comes from a very underrated and Galilean, Jewish origin that advanced and extended over time through many different cultures and thereby through many different interpretations. It is through this beginning, that Christians today may be able to decipher the true meaning of Jesus without hindering their own experience and while at the same time accepting the implications of the original linkage of Jesus to his Jewishness.

Each denomination and/or organization of Christianity has a different outlook on the happenings of Jesus' life. The most general perspective states that God sent his one and only son to help lead others into a life of true righteousness. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16 (3. Holy Bible). Most believers have taken this quote and have taken the consideration that God sent his only Son, Jesus, to guide others into His way of life, meaning the Jewish way. In spite of this common perception, the Galilean Jewishness of Jesus in a way reorganizes the background involved in Jesus' coming that deals with the history, culture, and entire constructed dwelling of the time of Jesus. This is to say that though Christianity originally derives from Judaism, due to the constant ever changing style of the world and the people within it, it was not God's intention to send Jesus in order to lead others into the Jewish life, but rather into a new Christology unique to the various cultures that will become integrated within the faith.

This new way of belief and church makes the point that predispositions did not matter as much as originally thought, but rather, to focus on the key point of the importance of the meaning of Jesus and what He represents and brings to the supposed Hellenistic Greek interpretation of Christianity. Within the context of Judaism, the innovative focal point that the book discusses is the conscientious reawakening of Christianity as well as the Jewishness of Jesus that will provide a more stable and charismatic understanding of theology that will benefit one's own experiences through personal salvation.

One factor to recognize about the origins of Jesus and His Jewishness is that his practice and development in Judaism was quite different than others of the time. To expand, it was known that at a young age, Jesus would initiate conversation with the teachers and create quite the serious banter of constant questions and answers. Though raised with the faith, Jesus' complex and matured as well as refined answers hinted at the possible point that despite starting out in a Jewish era, the fulfillment and consummation of his purpose on Earth was not to stay rooted in the same religion but rather develop into what the world was also changing into. That though already seemingly all knowing about the faith at such a young age, He would go on to more constructed teachings that correlated with how the world would change with the different cultures that would further define Judaism and Christianity.

That being said, it should also be duly noted that the community's center focus point shifted and recalibrated towards the Greek speaking Hellenistic world. Though there were many Greek towns and Greek centers that inhabited around Galilee, they did not actually have a major impact on Galilee's culture individually as commonly thought. It seems that as a whole, before and also during the Roman period, the urbanization as well as the...
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