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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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The random nature of how core Christian beliefs were cobbled together from a charismatic Jewish reformer is something to behold. The book traces how the unembellished message of Jesus was modified and expanded over years to fit the require I don’t know enough of the history to have an informed view, but I enjoyed the book and its thinking resonated with me: Retrieved Feb 5, Along the way, the original message becomes distorted as the church hierarchy pursues agendas different from those of its founder.

One learns, for example, that women benefactors and founders were portrayed as early as at Cambridge.

Christian Beginnings by Geza Vermes – review

He notes that the London liveries, an early bourgeois institution, also created a hub of artistic activity. A glance at the author’s Wikipedia entry is worthwhile – what a life! This is the first of Geza Vermes’ works that I’ve read, and was saddened to hear of his passing earlier this year. A fuller introduction is given to the non-New Neginnings works which represent the doctrinal legacy of Christianity from about AD to as these are less well known.

Review of Geza Vermes, Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea | David Brakke –

He offered various proofs that Jesus was the eternal logos. I have a different opinion: Thanks for telling us about the problem. No wonder his perspective is that of Jesus as a charismatic Jewish prophet. However, I suspect that he does have a Jewish bias in interpreting some of the evidence.

Click here to sign up. Nov 24, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: With the death of Geza Vermes in Mayat the age of eighty-eight, the scholarly community lost one of its greatest historians of ancient Judaism, renowned for his popular translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


There is an assumption that the basic alteration is a matter of turning the faith that Jesus himself held into a faith about him. So too I think one could try to divide out history and show changes in emphases in Christology as being different from previous ideas, but there is continuity between generations and there is diversity within any one generation. The Catholic Historical Review. Two appendices offer a list of civic portraits from to and their prices.

I borrowed my copy from a local library, and will definitely be purchasing a copy to own. This is a fascinating exploration of the journey of early Christianity, whereby Jesus develops from a charismatic Jewish preacher teaching that the end is nigh to the son of god.

Jun 05, Fr. The case that Christianity moved from an apocalyptic Jewish sect to a greek inspired world faith is set out in impressive detail although he uses himself as source material rather too often but remains too much of an academic debate for me and leaves out the human story and often forgets to say what is consistent throughout.

The case that Christianity moved from an apocalyptic Jewish sect to a greek inspired world faith is set out in impressive detail although he uses himself as source material rather too often but remains too much of an academic debate for me and leaves out the human story and This is an interesting and challenging book that, although I ultimately disagree with his core argument, has led me to re-read and in some cases read for the first time many of the oldest Christian sources in a new light.

The book flows well, so don’t expect to be bogged down in factoids and irrelevant theology, expect to be taken for a ride!!

The simple truth is we’ve never been clear or in agreement about Jesus. As a relatively new christian I found this book fascinating since in it Geza Vermes, noted on the blurb as “The world’s leading Gospel scholar”, shows how the image of Jesus changed and evolved crhistian the centuries after his crucifixion and resurrection! Irenaeus of Lyons was the leading opponent of Gnosticismchallenging the dualistic Valentinus and Marcion in Against Heresies.

How to relieve ourselves of these delusions? Jan 23, Captain Caper rated it liked it. I say select because he discounts the Gospel of John and the all of the Pauline collection as distorting Jesus.


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

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

Founders and financial stewards, such as Elizabeth Woodville and Lady Margaret Beaufort, had their portraits painted, even if historic women intellectuals were not so honored.

Even the disciples when they were with him were always asking him who he really was and what his mission was all about. Eventually Constantine invoked a council to settle what he considered “these small and very insignificant questions”.

Interesting to read about the evolution of a major new religion – especially as this was beginninge unintended by the inspirer.

The book is still a good read though. Recommended for those with knowledge of the period a d issues under scrutiny rather than the casual reader. Vermes has made a very successful career writing the same book over and over again. This carried the council but the issue continued to be debated until Theodosius I made the profession of Arianism illegal in Although he referred to the Son of God and Son of the Father, Jesus is seen as subordinate to God and isolated texts e.

He makes good use of town hall documents, university records, and other archival sources to help vivify the images.

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

Christain I know that there are many competing interpretations of Christianity, but I found Vermes’ interpretation compelling. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. How did they influence each other? Published July 5th by Allen Lane first published July 1st I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will read more of Mr.

Book titles OR Journal titles. The answers, of course are never simple. This leads Vermes to a discussion of Nicaea.