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"whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" --Jesus, Matthew 5:27–28

This page Jesus is part of the Christianity series.Illustration: Triumph of Christianity (detail) by Tommaso Laureti (1530-1602.)
This page Jesus is part of the Christianity series.
Illustration: Triumph of Christianity (detail) by Tommaso Laureti (1530-1602.)

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Jesus Christ (6–4 BC to 30–33 AD), also called Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure in Christianity.

According to the New Testament, Jesus is the Son of God who served a ministry in Galilee and Judaea and was ultimately crucified in Jerusalem by order of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate before rising from the dead three days later. Beyond the New Testament, there are many interpreations of Jesus's life:

  • Most Christians believe Jesus was God incarnate (a man who was also God), who came to earth to save humanity from sin and death through his own blood sacrifice, and who returned from the dead to rejoin his father in heaven.
  • Many historians and critical Bible scholars accept the existence of the biblical Jesus, but reject his divinity, miracles, and any other supernatural elements in accounts of his life. They believe he was a Jewish religious teacher and healer who was crucified, and was subsequently the inspiration for Christianity whose adherents proclaimed him to be the sole incarnation of God.
  • Some people believe Jesus was not a real person, but an invention of Christians.
  • While others believe Jesus was nothing more than a Jewish troublemaker who was put to death by the Romans at the behest of the Jewish establishment.

There are different accounts and perspectives of Jesus within the religions of Islam, Judaism, Gnosticism and Manichaeism. He is regarded as a prophet by Muslims and Manichaeists, as a false Messiah by Judaism and Mandaeanism, as a manifestation of God by the Bahá'ís, a manifestation of Maitreya by some Buddhists, as a yogi, guru or even avatar by some Hindus, as the savior and bringer of gnosis by various Gnostic sects and as a guru by many New Agers.

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