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The Significance of the Jerusalem Temple in the Life and Ministry of Jesus

Reading Time: 1 minute   It is almost impossible to discuss the life and times of Jesus without mentioning the Jerusalem Temple. This shows how prominently the Temple featured in the work of Jesus. What was the Jewish Temple?   Unlike the Synagogue, there was only one Temple in the whole of Israel.   1. The first temple was …

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Describe the Role of the Synagogue in the Life and Ministry of Jesus

Reading Time: 1 minute   The Synagogue was one of the best known social and religious institutions in Israel at the time of Jesus. Here are some key functions of the Synagogue during the time of Jesus. 1. The Synagogue was a meeting place for public worship on the Sabbath and on Jewish festival days. 2. The Synagogues, at …

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Who Were the Sadducees at the Time of Jesus?

Reading Time: 1 minute   The Sadducees, just like such other groups as the Pharisees, the Herodians and the Zealots played a major role in the life and ministry of Jesus. Here is a short list of points stating the characteristics and beliefs of the Sadducees as found in the Synoptic Gospels. 1. The Sadducees were a small but …

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Top 7 Characteristics and Beliefs of the Pharisees

Reading Time: 1 minute   You cannot fail to feel the presence of this group in the narrative of the life and work of Jesus as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels of the New Testament. So who were the Pharisees and what did they stand for? In this very brief post, I present to you the main things you …

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