What effect did the fall of Jerusalem have on early Christianity?

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The destruction of the Second Temple by Titus in 70 A.D. marked a turning point in the history of Christianity. Before that time, as evidenced in Acts and the Pauline letters, a group of elders located in Jerusalem had a quasi-authoritative role within the Christian community. Jewish Christians, who followed many of the Jewish ritual laws, had formed a significant body within the Christian community, and it was at that point unclear the degree to which Christianity would remain a Jewish sect or become to a great degree independent of its Judaic roots.

The destruction of the Temple, de facto, marked the end of Jewish Christianity as a major force and Jerusalem as a central authority in the evolving Christian religion. The major centre of power shifts towards Rome, as many authoritative documents of early Christianity become letters...

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