Roman Christian Monotheistic Catalyst for Anti-Semitism in Early Christianity This religious study will analyze the important Christian catalyst in the monotheistic tradition that eventually led to intense anti-Semitism through the polytheistic pagan Roman tradition. By understanding the role that the Romans played as a pagan institution in the Hellenistic era before Christ, it is evident that the precursors to a ban on monotheistic religions are evident against Judaism. After Christ, it is also evident that the monotheism of Christ (as a Jewish Messiah) also influenced the anti-Semitic behavior that instilled the birth of a new type of Judaism. The growing importance of Christ as a Messianic figure posed a great threat to the Romans (and...The end:
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