Judaizers

A party of Christians in the early church who thought it was necessary that Gentile converts to Christianity should be circumcised and observe the Jewish law-in fact that they should become Jews in order to become Christians. The epistle to the Galatians was written by Paul to demonstrate that such an attitude contradicted the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 15 records the taking up of the issue at the Council of Jerusalem and the decision that such requirements should not be made of the Gentiles, but that they should be asked to observe as requirements for table fellowship certain food and marriage regulations.