The decision made by the Jewish prince Antipas

Gerizim, ancient ruins
Gerizim, ancient ruins

in favour of a national Jewish religious and cultural identity led to the creation of the Old Testament literature and the formation of a Jewish identity based on these writings.

The monarchist model with the idea of the Messiah as the ideal monarch appealed to a range of religious and social groups. It led via Jesus and the Apostles, who led these groups, to Christianity.

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