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The religious situation in which the New Testament church emerged was quite complex, a time of religious unrest. Palestine in the first half of the first century was a meeting place of varied cultural and religious streams.
Judaism was the most prominent religion of the Jews .It had various sects
that displayed religious intolerance .The world under Roman rule especially
as seen in the dissolution of traditional Greek, Homeric religion and the
rapid growth o,f mystery cults with their promise of meaningful life and
individual immorality ended in religious hostility.