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The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
-- Bible (KJV) New Testament

Christian Texts:
Holy Bible (King James Version)
The Bible is the primary sacred scripture of both the Jewish and Christian religions. These scriptures are compilations of what were originally separate documents (called "books") written over a long period of time. The first selection, which later formed the Jewish Bible (Tanakh) consisted of 24 books, though Christians count this as 39 books. Some Christian denominations have even more books in their Old Testament. Later additions after the birth of Jesus made up the New Testament, made up of 27 books
Intro taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible
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Deuterocanonical Apocrypha
The deuterocanonical books are the books that Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Oriental Orthodoxy include in the Old Testament that were not part of the Jewish Tanakh. Their acceptance among at least some early Christians is generally well-testified, and as early as the Council of Rome in 382, an official canon including these books was published.
Intro taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterocanonical
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About Christianity:

Religion stemming from the teachings of Jesus in the 1st century AD.

Its sacred scripture is the Bible, particularly the New Testament. Its principal tenets are that Jesus is the son of God (the second person of the Holy Trinity), that God's love for the world is the essential component of his being, and that Jesus died to redeem humankind.

Christianity was originally a movement of Jews who accepted Jesus as the messiah, but the movement quickly became predominantly gentile. The early church was shaped by St. Paul and other early Christian missionaries and theologians; it was persecuted under the Roman empire but recognized by Constantine I in 313. During the centuries since Jesus' death, Christianity has subdivided into numerous sects that continue to proliferate; the major divisions are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.

Nearly all Christian sects have an ordained clergy, members of which are typically though not universally male. Members of the clergy lead group worship services and in many sects are viewed as intermediaries between the laity and the divine.

There are now more than 1.7 billion adherents of Christianity throughout the world, found on all continents.
Taken from http://education.yahoo.com/search/be?p=christianity
Important Persons:

Jesus Christ

Jesus, also known as Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity, most of whose followers worship him as the messiah, or Christ ("the Anointed One"), as the son of God, and as God incarnate, Immanuel. In Islam, he is regarded as a very important prophet.

The exact dates of Jesus' birth and death are not known. The Anno Domini system of reckoning years was originally based on setting year 1 as the first full year of Jesus' life; but more-recent estimates place his birth as early as 8 BC/BCE, and as late as 4 BC/BCE. Based on the mentioning of Pilate, his death is now estimated to have likely taken place between 26 AD/CE and 36 AD/CE.

For Christians, Jesus is a historical person who became the world's "savior"; the mediator between man and God. His life and teachings are celebrated by most Christians through the various parts of a church service, as well as through the cycle of holidays in the Christian liturgical calendar (such as Christmas and Easter).
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_of_Nazareth
Christian Symbol:

The Christian cross is a familiar religious symbol of most Christianity. Its significance lies in the belief that Jesus Christ was executed by the governor of Judea on a large wooden cross. The New Testament reports that the manner of Christ's death was crucifixion, which involved being tied or (in Christ's case) nailed to the cross (Greek stauros), and left to die. This painful method of execution was common for slaves and non-Romans convicted of serious crimes in the Roman Empire at the time.

In Christianity, the cross represents Christ's victory over death and sin, since it is believed that through His death he conquered death itself.
Taken from http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Christian_cross




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