Understanding The Way Jesus, The Disciples, And Most Of The Jewish Community

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To understand the way Jesus, the disciples, and most of the Jewish community lived, 7-2 B.C. to 30-33 A.D., one must look into further detail at the surrounding communities. One of the surrounding nations to the Jewish were the Samaritans - ‘…an offshoot the Jewish religion, from which they split over the question of the location of the temple as week as other matter; the descendants of settlers who were transplanted into palestine in 722 B.C. by the Assyrian king Sargon…’. It is possible to summarize their alienation and and their main differences saying that it was a process that began with the Kindgom of Israel being divided, and with promoted antagonism it continued through successive incidents, including the foreign tribes sent into Samaria by Assyria, rejection of this new Samaritan community by Jewish people, the building of a temple on Mount Gerazim instead of Jerusalem, the political and religious opportunism of the Samaritans, and the destruction of both the Samaritan temple and their capital of Shechem by John Hyrcanus during the 2nd century B.C. The Samaritan religion at the time of Jesus had become strongly anti-Jewish, but was also Mosaic and quasi-Sadducean. Jesus recognized their pagan origins and the falsity of their religious claims. To fully understand how this knowledge aids are interpretation of the people living in Jesus’ time and the Gospels, one must analyze the Samaritans origins, their beliefs and writings, and their relationship with the Jewish…
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