Translating the Bible
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This chapter explores the New Testament (NT) with the Epistles of Paul, as the earliest NT literature, and the book of Acts, with its information for Jesus' early followers. It considers seven letters of Paul that are universally regarded as genuine: 1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, and Philemon. It was natural for Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah to think of him also as Son of David and Son of God. Just as naturally, they wanted to persuade other Jews to believe the same things, so they became missionaries for what they believed. Paul, the Greek-speaking Jew, appeared at just the right time to spread the Christ movement among Gentiles. Christianity originated within Judaism and did not become a separate religion until after the gospel of John was written. Judaism as a name for the life and religion of the Jews arose during the Maccabean era in the second century BCE.