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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In liberating myself from these preconceptions, it was simpler to examine for myself the development of some of the ideas involving religion in general.

Jesus entered the public domain as a follower and disciple of John the Baptist who he compared with Elijah.

He makes good use of town hall documents, university records, and other archival sources to help vivify the images. This was particularly the case in I read this because I thought it might be a good way to get a crash course in the debates around the historic early Christian movement.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Early Christian worship resembled a Quaker meeting enlivened by the chanting and shouts of a Pentecostal service. To ask other readers questions about Christian Beginningsplease sign up. This was particularly the case in the first half, which assumes a more-than-passing familiarity with gezs New Testament hardly unreasonably.

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I read this because I thought it might be a good way to get a crash course in the debates around the historic early Christian movement. Christianity changed a lot in years and this author vermex explains how it happened. 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 river which is the Christian movement. But he joined a charismatic group, the Montanistswhich was condemned by the Bishop of Rome.


It’s written with verve and passion and yet the body of his argument hinges on whether the famous hymn in Philippians 2 is a later interpolation and therefore in no way representative of Gezx Christology.

That said, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in early Christianity.

There is a lot chrristian quoting of old texts, which generally is just confusing, but the authors summaries are generally clear. Geza Vermes has written a very interesting autobiography “Providential Accidents” which really is the story of 20th century Europe through the life of one man. Many, if not most, scholars would be very cautious now about too simple a polarity between “Hebrew” and “Greek” styles of thinking.


Retrieved from ” https: How can a serious author have such a lapse. Jul 18, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: Glancing through the list of his books it appears nth at he has essentially one message that he re tells in beginnibgs ways. If you believe that your vision of God and reality in general is in some sense a gift from outside the human psyche, it won’t do to allow unlimited adjustments to that vision.

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If you beginningz like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. He examines the beginning of Christianity in terms of what messages can clearly be attributed to Christ and which cannot.

Christian Beginnings by Geza Vermes – review

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. The faction backed ultimately by Athanasius who had the backing of the Bishop of Romesurvived, but the bickering continued… The Council of Nicaea in CE officially declared that Jesus was eternal, divine, and also human: Only if the orange was shaped like a cylinder could the two surfaces be identical.

Paul and John, however, definitively alter perceptions of Jesus. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Paul’s view of Christ’s death as a redemptive act which saved the world from sin brings the idea of the Adam’s primeval sin affecting everyone into the Jewish tradition for the first time.

Help Center Find new research papers cnristian At times this book gets a bit dense in its academia but it’s otherwise a powerfully insightful christiian into early Christian history Jesus to the Council of Nicea.

He stressed the importance of the succession of bishops and the Eucharist. I’m mostly okay with the “mystery of salvation” and probably am more so all the time as I age.


Vermes notes in particular the contributions of St. He uses both the Bible and other sources from the time.

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

Archaeological evidence, for example, is left almost entirely out of the equation, and the book lacks some substance as a result. More of a evrmes of the early theological writings than an actual narrative history of the church in general, which the title seems to hint at and what I was hoping for. Paul, whose writings were addressed to Gentile rather than Jewish audiences, draws attention to Jesus himself rather than to his message, elevating Jesus to the triumphant Son of God who is the christiaj of universal salvation.

The book is still a good read though. The above then briefly establishes two distinctive ideas which were argued about for decades.

The Council of Nicea happened soon after the Roman emperor Constantine had become the patron of Christianity chrustian Jun 24, Garrett Glass rated it really liked it. Show 25 25 50 All. Again Vermes is inclined to see “Platonic” themes as one of the elements that work the alchemical change in Christianity that will make it unrecognisable to its founder.

From Nazareth to Nicaea by Geza Vermes. Justin Martyr had been a sophist and thought Platonot understanding the Jewish scripture, had talked of three gods. I hope I am more aware as I read Scripture now and look for the development from the charismatic Jesus to the Son of God in it.

Irenaeus of Lyons was the leading opponent of Gnosticismchallenging the dualistic Valentinus and Marcion in Against Heresies.

Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea, AD 30– by Géza Vermès

This leads Vermes to a discussion of Nicaea. The random nature of how core Christian beliefs were cobbled together from a charismatic Jewish reformer is something to behold. Nov 24, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves:

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