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Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325
  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846146305
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30-325



The story of the origins of the Christian Church - from 'the greatest Jesus scholar of his generation' (Sunday Telegraph)

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 poorly understood.

With a forensic, brilliant re-examination of all the key surviving texts, Geza Vermes traces the evolution of the figure of Jesus from the man he was - a prophet fully recognisable 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 his 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 centralised, state-backed creed worlds away from its humble origins. This is the captivating story of how a man came to be hailed as the Son consubstantial with God, and of how a revolutionary, anti-conformist Jewish sub-sect became the official state religion of the Roman Empire.

  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781846146305
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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