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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With reference [End Page ] to an array christkan Christian texts from the second through the fourth centuries, Vermes traces the progressive elevation of the figure of Jesus by Gentile Christians, an elevation that corresponded to the influx of Graeco-Roman ideas and modes of thinking foreign to Judaism.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What makes Vermes’s version new is his refusal to follow these earlier scholars in their negativity towards Judaism and in the fact of his unparalleled familiarity with the entire spread of Jewish thinking in the age of Jesus and Paul. Much of the struggle of the early Church was trying to come to an chtistian of the Holy Trinity, which is still confusing at best. An interesting book which effectively summarises a lifetime of academic work.

The Catholic Historical Review. He uses both the Bible and other sources from the time.

Good review of Christian theological development. Tertullian was a lawyer who in opposing the Gnostics produced the first clear statement of Christ as both man and God, though he denied the perpetual virginity of Mary as favouring the Gnostics, and the co-eternity of the Son. Interestingly many of these early Christian thinkers were later tarred as heretics!

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

If Vermes is wholly right, any claims about the “revealed” authority of traditional Christian faith are pretty dubious. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Christian Beginnings is highly readable, but by no means comprehensive, and I have to admit behinnings the title strikes me as slightly misleading when viewed against the content: Two thousand years later, the Second Coming is still fervently awaited.


God did not live there but among his faithful servants in the desert. Oct 20, Kelly rated it it was amazing.

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

Jan 09, Mikhail Belyaev rated it liked it. In the beginning, Jesus of Nazareth, a charismatic wonder-worker whose profile has veres parallels with fairly well-known Jewish saints and sages of his period, proclaims a radically simplified version of the law of Moses and the religion of the Hebrew prophets, with a special stress on the claims of those who think of themselves christtian having no claims — the destitute, the marginal, the failed.

Jun 27, Carbis Tribe rated it really vermws it. When Alexander excommunicated him, he sought the protection of Eusebius and Eusebius of Nicomedia who both had the ear of the emperor.

And it was great to flex some theology muscles again. How to relieve ourselves of these delusions?

Christian Beginnings by Geza Vermes – review

The greatest standard bearers of the third century were not bishops, all came from North Africa, lived under Roman persecution and are not proclaimed saints by the church. Feb 18, Paul Higbee rated it liked it. 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. It hopes that a new reformation will re-establish the charismatic message of Jesus.

The author christia the mystical element of Christ’s teaching, and explains how mission evolved after his death into a formal church structure.


Christian Beginnings by Geza Vermes – review | Books | The Guardian

Vermes is at his strongest in this cgristian when dealing with the first century and particularly when recounting the charismatic religion of Jesus; his work on the historical Jesus throughout his scholarly career continues to be important and influential even if it is not wholly convincing.

The obvious explanations involved combinations of complete submission to those in charge of me, brainwashing, acceptance that far greater minds than mine had thought deeply on these things so who was I to contradict them, etc. Even though Paul was a contemporary of Jesus, he never actually met him.


Paul and John, however, definitively alter perceptions of Jesus. Gea 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. Evrmes excellent book telling the history of Christianity from around the time of Christ’s death through to the Council of Nicaea in AD.

Early Christian worship resembled a Quaker meeting enlivened by the chanting and shouts of a Pentecostal service.

Contact Contact Us Help. There is an assumption that the basic alteration is a matter christtian turning the faith that Jesus himself held into a faith about him. Not much I suspect. Ohio State University David Brakke. At times this book gets a bit dense in its academia but it’s otherwise a powerfully insightful look into early Christian history Jesus to the Council of Nicea.

I also found the quoting of Goethe as saying christan felt purely and thought only of the One God in silence; whoever makes him into God does outrage to his holy will” to be a sad and christkan ending for a book I felt worth reading. It is well past the time when we should wake up and realise that it is all a con, albeit —perhaps precisely because it is — an immensely rich and powerful one. Cyristian been researching the historicity of the Gospels and Jesus for the last year, and along with E.

A process shaped by numerous thinkers from Paul to Anastasius, each of whom adds to the accretion that became Christinity. By using this site, you beginniings to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Irenaeus of Lyons was the leading opponent of Gnosticismchallenging the dualistic Valentinus and Marcion in Against Heresies. These texts demonstrate that early Jewish-Christian followers did not view him as divine, but understood Jesus simply to teach total surrender to God in expectation of the imminent arrival of the Kingdom of God.