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In Jerusalem, it was more of a Jewish base. Antioch was one of the most evangelical of the early churches, so it probably started there because of the missionary vision of that church. The label was probably used to differentiate it from Judaism. Remember in the early church, Jews were trying to get new Christians to keep the law etc and believe the new gospel. This is seen in the book of Galatians in the New Testament.

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Q: Why were the followers of Jesus first called Christians in Antioch Turkey and not in Jerusalem Acts 11 v26?
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Who are the first Christians?

The Gentile followers of Paul in Antioch, Turkey. Acts11:26.


What is the name of the person that found Christianity?

Jesus brought the Church of God to Jerusalem, Israel in circa June 17, 31 AD. Some time a bit latter, the followers of 'The Way' became known as Christians in Antioch, Turkey.


Why were the followers of Jesus called Christians?

It was the follower of Paul that was first called Christians in Antioch (Modern name ANTAKYA), Turkey. Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. The follower of Jesus was called Nazarene. "The Nazarenes (Hebrew: Netzarim, נצרים) were a group of early followers of Jesus of Nazareth who, like the Ebionites, were noteworthy for refusing to follow Christianity in its complete break with Judaism."


Why is Jesus Christian?

Jesus is God who became the Son of God by the Father. He is called the Messiah or Christ. Followers of His Church of God that began on Pentecost Sunday, 17 Jun 31 AD outside the Upper Room in the City of Jerusalem, were called 'The Way or Nazarenes" until circa 41 AD in Antioch, Turkey they became known as Christians.


What place was Christianity founded in?

Jesus' disciples were first called Christians at Antioch, then in Syria and now in Turkey. But Jesus, whom Christian disciples worship, was born in Bethlehem and crucified and died at Jerusalem in Israel. But really, Christianity was and is founded in Heaven!


Where is antioch located?

isn't it in turkey


Where is Antakya?

Antakya or Antioch is in Turkey. Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. see link on left


What is the city in which the first church was established?

there were churches in Sumer and Ur at least 4ooo BC.If you mean the New Testament church, the answer is Jerusalem.If you mean "First Christian Church", then it's in Antioch, Turkey where Paul and his Gentile followers were first called Christians.Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.


Why did Jerusalem stop being the center for Christianity?

There are no historical evidence that Jerusalem was ever the center of Christianity. Most activities of the early Christians happen in the country of St. Paul, in Turkey.


Where is antioch located where christianity began?

Antioch is situated where modern-day Antakya, Turkey lies.


What is the modern day name for Antioch?

Antakya, Turkey


Where did St. Margaret of Antioch live?

Margaret was born in Pisidian Antioch, Asia Minor (modern Turkey).


How did Christianity get its name?

Christ is a Greek word meaning "Anointed One"; and is used to refer to Jesus of Nazareth; whom Christians believe to be the son of God. Many of Jesus's early followers were Greek.The term "Christian" was first used in the Greek city of Antioch (now in Turkey) as a pejorative term for the followers of Christ; eventually it became the accepted name for a follower of Jesus. Therefore in Greek "Christianity" means "The way of the followers of Christ"


What is the distance from Antioch Syria to Jerusalem?

Antioch, an ancient Greek city founded in the 4th century BCE has its ruins located near the modern city of Antakya in Turkey. Antakya is 795 km (494 miles) away from Jerusalem. A walking journey between the two locations would take approximately 18 days to complete.


What was the first city to implement street lights?

antioch (antakya) turkey


Can Islam have turkey?

followers of Islam are called muslims ... and the religion allows them to eat turkey


Is the Antioch of the New Testament now in Syria or Turkey?

According to Brittanica.com it is in south-central Turkey, about 12 miles from the Syrian border.


In turkey who is involved when celebrating Christmas?

Only Christians in turkey celebrate christmas.


In what country did Christianity originate?

At first Christianity was a Jewish sect. Acts 15 records a church meeting that set Christianity out as a new religion. This meeting was in Jerusalem. So Christianity originated in Israel in about 33 AD (then called Judea, a province of the Roman Empire).The Christian faith spread first among Jewish communities around the Eastern Mediterranean. Within a fairly short time (perhaps months, perhaps a year or two, it's unclear), non-Jews also came to believe in Jesus as the Son of God and were accepted into the growing Christian communities. The term "Christian" was first applied to followers of Jesus in the city of Antioch, on the site of the city of Antakya in modern Turkey. Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch, taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. IsraelChristianity originated in Israel


What country did Christianity originate?

At first Christianity was a Jewish sect. Acts 15 records a church meeting that set Christianity out as a new religion. This meeting was in Jerusalem. So Christianity originated in Israel in about 33 AD (then called Judea, a province of the Roman Empire).The Christian faith spread first among Jewish communities around the Eastern Mediterranean. Within a fairly short time (perhaps months, perhaps a year or two, it's unclear), non-Jews also came to believe in Jesus as the Son of God and were accepted into the growing Christian communities. The term "Christian" was first applied to followers of Jesus in the city of Antioch, on the site of the city of Antakya in modern Turkey. Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch, taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. IsraelChristianity originated in Israel


What is unique about Syria?

That it is the oldest capital on Earth . Although Antioch is currently part of Turkey, Antioch was considered part of Syria, which is the city that Christianity started in. the first alphabet


What Country did saint john live in?

John Chrysostom was from what tody is modern Turkey. He was born in Antioch.


Major religions in turkey?

The major religion in Turkey is Islam , and christians are there as well, but a minority.


Is Antioch located in modern Turkey?

AnswerAntioch was founded in the fourth century BCE in what was then considered to be Syria. It is now in Turkey, near the modern city of Antakya.


What are some facts about Turkey?

Facts about Turkey include that Western Turkey is where the Trojan Wars happened and the Trojan horse is located there. Antioch Turkey is where the first Christian church was built. St. Paul the Apostle, Aesop, and Homer were born in Turkey.