Why, from a Biblical point of view, did the Saviour need to be a Jew?

You are to respond to these questions as an essay. Your answers should be typed, double-spaced, 2.5 to 3cm margins, 12pt type size, Times New Roman. As a rough guide, you should think in terms of writing three to five pages per option. I am looking for mini essays (i.e., with proper, well-crafted paragraphs). You do not have to deal with the questions that I have posed in the order that I have posed them, but you should try to deal with all of them at some point in your essay. You are free to consult with me as well as your class notes, the PowerPoint outline, the Bible, other reference books, and the Internet. However, this should be your work. How would being a Jew affect his daily life? Why, from a Biblical point of view, did the Saviour need to be a Jew? What was the relationship between Jesus and the Old Covenant (Law of Moses)? Why did this have to change? In what way(s) was the church in Jerusalem influenced by the presence of the Temple? When and why did Gentiles start coming into the church? How did this change the makeup of the church? How did the Jewish leadership respond? Why did they respond this way? Why did the church start attracting more converts from among the Gentiles? How did different fringe groups, such as the Ebionites and Gnostics, handle both Christ and the Old Law? How did later mainstream writers, such as Jerome, handle the Old Law when it came to certain doctrinal issues, such as church leadership? Now for some personal reflection: what mistakes do people make when they fail to observe the distinction between the Old Law and the New Law? Why might people in the denominational world say something like this: you guys in the Church of Christ dont believe in the Old Testament? How can we assure them that we still believe in and use the Old Testament, while still believing in and using the New Testament? In other words, how do we know when to use one and not the other, and be consistent in doing so?


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