As the followers of Jesus began to expand their message beyond Israel’s borders, Gentiles heard the message and wanted to follow Jesus, too! Since the followers of Jesus to that point were all Jews, and they weren’t even sure themselves what it really meant to follow Jesus’ final command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” many conflicts about Gentile participation and interaction ensued. These questions and conflicts over responding to Gentile followers of Jesus is another broad piece of context that underlies much of what we find in the book of Acts and the letters of the New Testament.

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