A Study On Ancient Israelites And The Rise Of Christianity

1640 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
My initial perspective on ancient Israelite religion was what I was taught in church. In fact, in church, the pastor put less emphasis on Ancient Israelites themselves and more emphasis on Christians. For me, when I thought of Israelites I thought of only a small segment of the bible. I thought of the group of people trapped in Egypt kept as slaves. Coming into Intro to Old Testament class, I assumed the class would be nothing more than a lecture about everything I had already learned in church. Because I was very familiar with the stories of the bible I anticipated I would be ahead of the game and already know everything there is to know about the Old Testament. Little did I know, I barley knew anything about the Old Testament. I was taught the only the basic stories and my pastor’s interpretations of God and the Bible ultimately missing out on the history of the Ancient Israelites and the rise of Christianity.
One of the most prominent structures in Christianity is an altar. An altar can be defined as a man-made structure where an individual makes an offering to God. We see the word “altar” used many times throughout the Old Testament. In the Bible, altars are a place of communication and sacrifice. In Exodus 20:24 of the bible God says “You need make for me only an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.”…
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