Christianity arose among Jews in the Roman Judea in the 30s and 40s of the first century AD in the wake of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. As Smith (2011: 167) writes, the Christianized Jews, “although they added a Christian dimension to their Jewish system of belief, nevertheless followed a lifestyle which for the most part didn’t differ much from the accepted Jewish norms.” There was a close relationship between the two communities in apostolic and postapostolic times through to the fifth century, and the New Testament testify that the two religions often shared places of worship, even while the Christians were gradually coming to feel unwelcome there. At its origin, initially regarded as a movement or sect within Judaism, it should come as no surprise to find numerous imprints of Jewish heritage on the musical traditions of the Christian Church.
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