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Jesus was Jewish not Christian right?

No drama. Just trying to figure it out. If Jesus was Jewish where did Christians come from? Shouldn't they follow the Jewish religion?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:22 AM on Nov. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • jesus is 'christ'...people who follow His teachings are called 'christians'..pretty simple. christians follows christ, not a people's religion.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 10:25 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Jesus was a jew. Christianity did not exist before Him. In Acts, the Bible says that the followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch. I believe the Greek word is most likely a derogatory term meaning "little Christ.". Basically they were being made fun of for being like Jesus.

    Answer by micheledo at 10:28 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Yes Jesus was Jewish. Christianity was begun by the early followers of Jesus after he was rose from the dead.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 10:44 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • thehairnazi: Christ; The word is often misunderstood to be the surname of Jesus due to the numerous mentions of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible. The word is in fact used as a title, hence its common reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning The Anointed One, Jesus. Followers of Jesus became known as Christians because they believed that Jesus was the Christ, or Messiah, prophesied about in the Tanakh (the Old Testament). The majority of Jews reject this claim and are still waiting for Christ to come. Most Christians now wait for the Second Coming of Christ when they believe he will fulfill the rest of the Messianic prophecy


    Answer by sugahmamma at 11:16 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • probably for the first time I agree with sugahmama his name does mean anointed one. I also agree with hairnaizi, he is Christ--out of this came the Christian relgion. That doesn't take away from the fact that we now call him Jesus Christ--as a name and not always a title. Just as our last name can sometimes be used as a title and our name.

    Jesus, his mother and father were all Jewish. His followers became Christians and kept many of the Jewish teachings, including the Torah. After schism and splits the Catholic church started using the name/title "Catholic". Easter Churches became the Eastern Orthodox church, although not all Eastern Churches split from Rome. From this split came the name/title "Roman" as an insult because the Catholic means "universal" and the Eastern Churches saw it only universal to Rome.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 AM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Christ or Christos means "annointed one". The Jews expected a messiah ( see Isaiah) but not all the the jewish people recognized Him as such. Alot did though. Those who did not are STILL expecting a messiah. The terms Christian is used to differentiate between those who accepted Christ and those who do not are Jewish.

    Answer by shellbyrne at 12:38 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • The Christian religion is something Paul of Tarsus (a city which was one of the major centers of Mithraism by the way) made up.


    Answer by IhartU at 1:50 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • No, ihartu, it is someting JESUS made up :) I am really sorry you don't believe that but please show respect.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Jesus was jewish, the term Christian means at it's simplest- Christ follower or "little christ" it was first used in the New Testament. So no Jesus could not be a follower of himself. Christianity is a religion based on the fullfilment of the Old Testament. It has common roots with Judism.

    Answer by teamquinn at 3:19 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

  • Anon, I was not in any way disrespecting you. It's not my fault you can't decipher between trying to tell you the truth and rudness.

    Paul was a zealous supporter of his own nascent religious movement, one based loosely upon the Jewish Christian movement which was developing in Jerusalem. Paul never knew Jesus. His relationship with with Jesus' immediate disciples was superficial and strained at best. In reality, Paul simply wasn't in a position to know much about what Jesus might have taught - a fact made manifest in how Paul rarely referenced any of Jesus' teachings, even when they would have helped him make his case for something.

    Answer by IhartU at 5:45 PM on Nov. 28, 2009

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