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The biblical text itself refers to several sources, now lost, such as the Book of Jashar, the Annals of the Kings of Israel, the Records of the Prophet Nathan, and the Records of the Seer Gad. In addition to these named sources, it is clear that the author of the books of Chronicles used Samuel and Kings as a source, and many other examples of literary dependence are evident as well. In the New Testament, most scholars believe that the authors of Matthew and Luke used Mark and another, lost source called Q (from the German Quelle, “source”).

Although Judaism and Islam are the largest religious traditions with direct historical connections to 41 Basic Questions Contents | Chapter 1: start | end Christianity, other religions have also drawn from, or in one case contributed to, Christianity. E. ; the contributions of Zoroastrianism to Christianity will be considered in the next chapter). Christianity, in turn, has influenced many younger religious traditions, in addition to Islam, including Bahá’í. Santería, Haitian Vodou, and Rastafari.

Santería, Haitian Vodou, and Rastafari. Different Types of Christianity The traditional division of Christianity into three large subgroups-Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantismhas the advantage of identifying the three largest groups of Christian denominations, but it lumps together many people who would not identify themselves closely with others in the group (particularly within the Protestant designation), and it masks a large diversity of opinion regarding faith and practice (again, largely within the Protestant group).

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