What about Jesus's teachings reflect his Jewish upbringing and what aspects of his teachings break with the traditional Jewish belief system? Outline some of the specific Jewish practices that Christianity still today shares with Judaism as a reflection of Jesus's experience. Which Jewish practices were specifically altered or ceased to be observed with Christianity? Why did these changes occur? And finally, most of the teachings of this religion focus on Jesus, but what about Paul's role in the development of this religion? Explore whether Christianity would even exist today without the actions of Paul and whether he should be considered the second founder of the religion.

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It is important to remember that although he is the founder of Christianity, Jesus did not practice this religion. Instead, he lived by...

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the tenets of the Judaism of his time. He followed the precepts of the Torah, paid tithes to the Temple, was circumcised, and followed many of the laws laid out in the Tenach.

During Jesus' time, there were many debates about the meaning of Judaism. It was unclear if the religion could be truly practiced under Roman rule or if Roman rule necessitated rebellion. Debates about what the religion required one to do concerning issues of justice, duty, and mercy were also frequent. Jesus leaned into these debates and stories from the Gospels frequently bring up these issues as part of Jesus' teachings.

One interesting aspect of Jesus' teachings that reflects his identity as a Jew is that he never claimed (at least as recorded in the Gospels) to be the son of God. Nowhere in Jewish tradition does it identify the Messiah as the son of God and Jesus did not either. That idea would have been foreign, even anathema, to the Jewish community. Messiah simply means "anointed one". He is the chosen person who would prepare the way for the Kingdom of God, not be a god himself. If we look at the teachings of Jesus, we can see that he was attempting to lay the moral and philosophical groundwork required for the Kingdom of God. However, he departs somewhat from traditional Jewish teachings by saying that this kingdom is within us, instead of existing externally to the person.

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