What are the Gospels and who wrote them? • The Gospels are accounts of Jesus’s life and teachings written by four of his followers, Matthew, Mark, Lu ke, and John. Describe Jesus’s birth according to the Gospels. • According to the Gospels, Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem because his parents had to go to Bethlehem to be counted for a Roman census, and there was no room left for them inside the inn.
According to the Gospels, what did Jesus say were the two most important of all the Jewish laws? • Jesus said that the two most important Jewish laws were, “You shall love your God with all your heart and all your soul” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
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According to the Gospels, why was Jesus condemned to die on a cross? • Jesus was condemned to die on a cross because his teachings upset many people and because some feared that he might lead a revolt against Rome. Why was belief in the Resurrection important to Jesus’s disciples and other Christians? • Belief in the Resurrection was important to Jesus’s followers because it convinced them that he was the Son of God.
What caused Paul to stop persecuting Christians and become a missionary? • Paul stopped persecuting Christians and became a missionary because he believed he had heard the voice of the Jesus in a vision. How did Paul’s work help to spread Christianity? • Paul helped spread Christianity by preaching throughout much of the empire. While in jail, he wrote letters to other Christians.
Why were Christians considered a threat to Rome? • Christians were considered a threat to Rome because they refused to worship other Roman gods, would not admit that the emperor was a god, preferred a life of simplicity, and refused to serve in the army.
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Describe the role of Constantine, and Roman emperors who followed him, in spreading Christianity. • In 313 C.E., Constantine gave Christians the right to practice their religion. The emperors who succeeded Constantine accepted the new faith, and it eventually became the official religion of the empire.