The creation of the Christian Church is one of the most important stories in the development of the world's history, but also one of the most enigmatic and little understood, shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.
Through a forensic, brilliant reexamination of all the key surviving texts of early Christianity, Geza Vermes illuminates the origins of a faith and traces the evolution of the figure of Jesus from the man he was—a prophet recognizable as the successor to other Jewish holy men of the Old Testament—to what he came to represent: a mysterious, otherworldly being at the heart of a major new religion. As Jesus's teachings spread across the eastern Mediterranean, hammered into place by Paul, John, and their successors, they were transformed in the space of three centuries into a centralized, state-backed creed worlds away from its humble origins. Christian Beginnings tells the captivating story of how a man came to be hailed as the Son consubstantial with God, and of how a revolutionary, anticonformist Jewish subsect became the official state religion of the Roman Empire.
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Vermes's account, for all its lucidity, does not quite allow us to see the energy behind such a movement of ideas.Read Full Review of Christian Beginnings: From Na... | See more reviews from Guardian
It is not a new story (and certainly not in keeping with the New Testament scriptures and traditional Christian doctrine), but an interesting and challenging read nonetheless. - See more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/christian-beginnings-nazareth-nicaea#sthash.r8gvJh3d.dpufRead Full Review of Christian Beginnings: From Na... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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