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  1. Religious Education- Lent Coursework

    These Palms come from the Palms used on the Sunday the year before. This day is one of the days that it is compulsory for a Christian to fast from meat on. They also do this on Fridays. So, if a Christian is unable to fast for the whole of lent, which is strict as it involves only one meal or two small meals per day, they should show commitment to fasting on these days, as it is a sign of repentance. Also, anyone above the age of about fourteen is expected to not eat meat on this day.

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  2. The Story of Christmas and the Christ Child

    This celebration was probably influenced by pagan (non-Christian) festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held mid-winter celebrations to honour Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration. In the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

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  3. Traditions and holidays of Great Britain

    This custom is not very old, but it is for very old people. On his or her one hundredth birthday, a British person gets a telegram with congratulations from the Queen. The changing of the Guard happens every day at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's home in London. The ceremony always attracts a lot of spectators - Londoners as well as visitors - to the British capital. So soldiers stand on front of the palace. Each morning these soldiers (the "guard") change. One group leaves and another arrives. In summer and winter tourists stand outside the palace at 11:30 every morning and watch the Changing of the Guard.

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  4. Jesus Christ was one of the world's greatest religious leaders.

    They also deny that Jesus is the Son of God, and stress that he is purely human. Many Muslims believe that he will return to earth towards the end of time, in the events leading up to the end of the world and the Day of Judgment. Early life Birth. Jesus was born during the lifetime of Herod the Great, who ruled Palestine. Herod died in 4 or 1 B.C., so Jesus must have been born no later than the year of Herod's death.

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  5. Christianity - Major Divisions and Interpretations.

    Both of these variations and all the variations in between would take a lot longer than 20 minutes. There are other important beliefs held commonly across all parishes irrespective of their mass tradition. These include the seven Sacraments, prayers, aid to prayer and the church's structure. In this part of my coursework, I am going to explore the different areas of the Catholic Church, and the different forms and variety of worship that can take place in one religion. There are seven sacraments or holy acts. These are the Eucharist (Communion), Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Penance (confession of sins), Ordination, Anointing of the Sick.

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  6. Discipleship - A disciple is a follower or adherent supporter of a leader or teacher.

    Jesus had never promised that life, as a disciple would be easy. After he had spoken about his suffering and death, he said: 'If anyone wants to follow me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me.' (Mk 8: 34) Any follower of Jesus would probably suffer just like Jesus. 'For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.' (Mk 8: 35) When Peter saw the suffering of Jesus, his faith in Jesus failed him, and he disproved of any association with him.

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  7. Titles of Jesus the son of God.

    The baptism of Jesus * * The Baptism is the start of Jesus' life as the Messiah. At His baptism He felt the presence of God, His Father and He was given the power of the Holy Spirit. * * The symbolism of the dove is important. A dove represents gentleness and peace and shows that Jesus, as well as receiving colossal power from the Holy Spirit, would also show and give gentleness and peace. * * The voice speaking directly to Jesus was God's voice. Mark does not mention God by name out of respect for God.

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  8. What Is a Pilgrimage?

    Shortly before Mary's first child was due to be born, the Romans who occupied the land announced that there was to be a census (i.e. a registration of the whole population); and people had to travel to the chief town of their own particular tribe to register. As Joseph was a native of Bethlehem, this meant that Mary and he had to travel there. Bethlehem was extremely busy because of the census and the couple had great difficulty in finding anywhere to stay.

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  9. The genre of Parable did not originate with Jesus they already appeared in the Greco-Roman world.

    In this way parables became events of revelation in the hope that primal trust would be restored in God. The stories sometimes contained allegories, sayings, paradoxes, extended metaphors, and similes.3 Form Critics such as Bultmann, Dibelius and Schmidt identified parables as one of the forms or pericope contained in the Gospels. Scholars are in no doubt that Jesus used parables to teach about the Kingdom of God. C. H. Dodd, ('The Parables of the Kingdom' 1935,) stated that the main purpose of the parables was to teach about the arrival of the Kingdom of God and used the example of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Value - (Matthew 13:44-46).

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  10. Examine how different writers present the theme of Christmas

    The titles also tell us a lot about the poems. "Ballad of the Bread Man" is a very Ironic title, as you would think that it will be about a baker by just looking at that and there is no mention of Jesus' name at all. This is because it wants you to read on to find out who the Bread Man is, and also because it has the effect of being very comical. This is because it is taking the mickey out of Jesus, as the bread is a metaphor for the feeding of the five thousand story and also Jesus saying that the bread was the Body of Christ.

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  11. Festivals Coursework:Lent, Holy Week and Easter

    According to the Gospels, Jesus spent forty days in the desert during which time he faced temptations and prepared himself for his ministry. Christian tradition therefore makes Lent last for forty days. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning time of Lent. However, this actually lasts for six and a half weeks before Easter which is more than forty days but most Christians say that the Sundays in Lent does not count which brings the days of Lent down to forty. Some other Christians make Lent the forty days leading up to Holy Week, but Holy Week is the time for special fasting and prayer.

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  12. Explain why many of the religious leaders came to the conclusion that Jesus should be put to death

    The rules of the Oral Tradition went on, in this stricter-than-strict way. The Pharisees believed that they had to abide by their Oral Tradition in every sense. They were so intent on keeping these rules, that it seemed they were more interested in the formalities of their faith, rather than the Spirit. They would not, for example, help somebody who had, say, fallen on the street, if it meant missing the service at the synagogue. The Pharisees also fasted twice a week, and attended full Temple services. Because they so strongly believed in keeping the Oral Tradition like a good Pharisee, they set themselves apart from anyone who broke it.

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  13. The death of Jesus

    According to the gospel accounts, after the Sanhedrin found Jesus guilty of blasphemy, it committed him to the Roman court, having itself no power to pronounce the death sentence. Pilate then refused to approve the judgement without investigation. Pilate appeared to have been impressed with the dignity and frankness of Jesus' answers to his questions. Nevertheless, fear of an uprising in Jerusalem forced Pilate to accede to the demand of the populace, and Jesus was executed. Pilate was recalled to Rome in AD36.

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  14. Explain why the Early Christians were Persecuted

    One of the Christians' commandments is "You shall have no God except me." (Exodus 20:3). Making sacrifice to any Roman God was distasteful and horrid to any Christian and would break one of the Ten Commandments. As Romans believed that is was necessary to worship the Gods so that they would be in their favour, Romans then considered Christians to be wicked, anti-religious and unpatriotic. Christians did not serve in the army because they might have to kill someone. Another one of Christian commandments was, "You shall not kill."

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  15. Discuss how two or three writers treat the subject of Christmas

    At the start of Christmas you think that you will get everything ready, you plan things early and you seem to be weighed down in promises you are intending to keep, but then nothing turns out the way you planned. Maybe it will 'next time'. This poem makes me feel sorry for a person in this situation, where their dreams are dashed and their hopes are not fulfilled. The poem is quite traditional, in the way that there is a 'tree' and that presents are put under it.

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  16. Jesus' Last Days

    The priests did not need this hassle during Passover, however they were determined to have Jesus killed one way or another. So Jesus was allowed to leave. The following day in the midst of the crowds around the temple, the priests had their chance to question Jesus and hopefully discredit him in front of the Jewish people. He was asked questions about authority, loyalty, life after death, and what is important. He gave a satisfactory answer to all questions, which probably upset the priests further.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Assess the nature of the kingdom as it is presented in Luke's gospel. Show how Luke's presentation differs from Jewish expectations

    "In conclusion, Jewish understanding of the Kingdom of God slightly differs to that of Jesus' teachings. Jews expected an earthly king to come and liberate them from the occupation of the Romans, as Jesus entered Jerusalem, they expected him to ride on a horse with armament as a 'fighting' leader, on the contrary Jesus was humble and instead rode on a donkey. In Luke's gospel as well as the other gospel writers, the Kingdom is portrayed as a spiritual kingdom for all people united as one. Jewish leaders of the day took this teaching as an insult to the Jewish nation as they had been waiting centuries to be set free and yet they didn't get their earthly response. However one agreement between Christians and Jews alike, is that they still await the Judgement Day in earnest and the coming of Christ in order to consummate the kingdom."

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