Christian Beginnings from Nazareth to Nicea, AD is a book by the historian Geza Vermes, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. In this deeply learned and beautifully written book, Geza Vermes tells the enthralling story of early Christianity’s emergence. The creation of the Christian Church. Geza Vermes, translator and editor of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls and worldwide expert on the life and times of Jesus, tells the enthralling.

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Everyone at the Council of Nicaea believed they were defending immemorial tradition; and they were right to the extent that extravagant language about who Jesus “really” was goes back a long way. Nov 14, Mdaly rated it it was ok. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Baptism isn’t simply a sign of repentance and cleansing but an identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Along the way, the original message becomes distorted as the church hierarchy pursues agendas different from those of its founder. Early Christians were recognizable by a freely undertaken practice of religious communism.

Geza Vermes is the unchallenged doyen of scholarship in the English-speaking world on the Jewish literature of the age of Jesus, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls.

So how do you resolve the question of what is genuinely an “unfolding” of the original vision and what is an arbitrary elaboration that distorts that vision? beginninga

I’ve been researching the historicity of the Gospels and Jesus for the last year, and along with E. Show 25 25 50 All.


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

It was a short, but extremely dense read. Never really will be. He is not an ordinary human being but a mysterious otherworldly personality.

But the story is not so simple. It hopes that a new reformation will re-establish the charismatic message of Jesus. The most important part of chrisyian message was the imminent onset of the Kingdom of God which occurs about one hundred times in the synoptic gospels and remains important in the letters of Paul but almost entirely disappears from the Cjristian of Johnwhich was written later.

In summarising Paul’s view of Jesus he dismisses some parts of Paul’s letters which again are evidence against his views as being inconsistent with the body of what Paul taught. He uses both the Bible and other sources from the time. Lists with This Book. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

The last chapter reviews the argument and concludes that the Council of Nicea could have ended very differently and that the ideas of consubstantiality and the equality of Jesus with God did not occur before then. Good review of Christian theological development. Although all of them might argue infallible interpretations and understandings based on these bdginnings, it is obvious simply through observation beginninge the existence of many, varied and proliferating groups, sub-groups, sects, etc.

I’m mostly okay christoan the “mystery of salvation” and probably am more so all the time as I age. He notes that the London liveries, an early bourgeois institution, also created a hub of artistic activity.


The first variation on this idea comes from Paul, writing from a Greek Platonic perspective. The random nature of how core Christian beliefs were cobbled together from a charismatic Jewish reformer is something to behold.

View all 3 comments. Nor, as other commentators have said, are we helped to see why this particular charismatic christina rather than others attracted the extraordinary claim that he was the vehicle of unconditional creative power and the enabler of a new kind of worship — the paradox that the creed of enshrined, in words Christians still use.

Jesus entered the public domain as a follower and disciple of John the Baptist who he compared with Elijah. It seems that he has left us a treasure trove of information. This was particularly the case in the first half, which assumes a more-than-passing familiarity with the New Testament hardly unreasonably. Vermes has made a very successful career writing the same book over and over again.

Later chapters had less appeal to me as they deal with the writings of the Church Fathers. Yet there is an organic development that takes place in history and the differinng steams of thought about Jesus are flowing side by side in the gezaa which is the Christian movement.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will read more of Mr.

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