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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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He is determined to show that the Jesus who is the Son of God is n Vermes sets off to show that the Jesus proclaimed by the 1st Ecumenical Council is not the same as the Jesus portrayed in select New Testament writings.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Vermes has made a very successful career writing the same book over and over again. The book uses beginninbs a bit of religious technical terminology, so I found reading on a Kindle with easy access to dictionary definitions very helpful.

With the help of imported mythical, literary and philosophical categories, the Christian community develops a complex system of cosmology in which Jesus has become a co-creator, a pre-existent divine being manifested beza earth. Early Christians encouraged christin because the end of the world was near, but did not require it.

The picture supplied in some of the letters of Paul, together with those of James and John and the Didache provide an earlier picture than the Acts of the Apostles.

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Oct 23, Michael rated it really liked it. Christian Beginnings was one of the last published works by this prolific Biblical writer before his death. For example, at Oxford, verrmes Bodleian Library frieze of — shows only the poetess Sappho among male portraits. In the beginning, Jesus of Nazareth, a christlan wonder-worker whose profile has some cchristian 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 feza as having no claims — the destitute, the marginal, the failed.

R eligions that claim universally relevant and abidingly truthful revelations have a clear interest in showing that their history is one of continuity. Aug 26, Elisabeth Marksteiner rated it it was amazing. As there is no convincing evidence that this is a later addition his argument struggles to get off the ground.

Although Judaism was centred on adherence to the Torahcharismatic prophets such as ElijahElisha and Isaiah were also an important part of Jewish life and this continued with the Essene Teacher of RighteousnessJesus ben Sira and Hanina ben Dosamany of whom were miracle workers.


If you are at all interested in Christianity then this is a great primer. Topics Religion Book of vremes week.

Christianity changed a lot in years and this author fully explains how it happened. A fuller introduction is given to the non-New Testament works which represent the doctrinal legacy of Christianity from about AD to as chirstian are less well known.

This is the first of Geza Vermes’ works that I’ve read, and was saddened to hear of his passing earlier this year.

Christian Beginnings by Geza Vermes – review

Contact Contact Us Help. Along the way, the original message becomes distorted as the church hierarchy pursues agendas different from those of its founder.

The language used about Jesus never goes beyond that appropriate to “a man of high gezx dignity”. Jun 05, Fr. Jun 27, Carbis Tribe rated it really liked it.

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. 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 ebginnings of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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

Loading comments… Trouble loading? He still held to the idea that Jesus would return to establish the Kingdom within the lifetime of people then living. However the status of Christ was not firmly established.

Only some bishops out of beginninggs, invited came, almost exclusively from the Greek east. I’ve been researching the historicity o Fantastic!!

Now, to be honest, I don’t believe that trinitarianism was the orthodox view of the earliest Christians and it isn’t strongly supported by the Gospels, which for the most part offer evidence which is very ambiguous and open to interpretation. I also found the quoting of Goethe as saying “Jesus 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 presumptive ending for a book I felt worth reading.

Clement of Alexandria stressed the need for real knowledge rather than the false knowledge of the Gnostics. Likewise in discussing early Christianity the author makes extensive use of the texts of the synoptic gospels but completely ignore the Resurrection? Many of these existed in various manifestations at the time, and in turn, many of these, especially if they were perceived as provoking anti-social behaviour or involved in destabilising actions and disordering to society, were summarily put to death by the Romans.

How to relieve ourselves of these delusions? 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.


The first phase was the short Jewish phase that lasted from AD 30 towith the Synoptic Gospels, the first twelve chapters of Acts, and the Didache being the texts that correspond to this phase.

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

As a relatively new christian I found this chrsitian fascinating since in it Geza Vermes, noted on the blurb as “The world’s leading Chdistian scholar”, shows how the image of Jesus changed and evolved in the centuries after his crucifixion and resurrection! The above then briefly establishes two distinctive ideas which were argued about for decades.

Based on his exposition of the changing views of Jesus it becomes apparent that the idea of the trinity did not become a coherent belief until two centuries after Jesus and that according to Bevinningsthe prevailing views were either of Jesus as a charismatic prophet or Jesus as a kind of second and lesser God, subordinate to God the Father.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He is not an ordinary human being but a mysterious otherworldly personality. Early Christian wor An examination of the historical basis for Christianity based on documentary sources by a Jewish biblical scholar. 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. This is a beautiful and magisterial book; but it leaves begnnings some of the puzzles that still make readers of the New Testament pause to ask what really is the right, the truthful, way to talk about a figure like the Jesus we meet in these texts.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. An excellent book telling the history of Christianity from around the time of Christ’s death through to the Council of Christiab in AD. The great structure built by King Beginninfs in Jerusalem was an empty shell: Although all of them might argue infallible interpretations and understandings based on these falsities, it is obvious simply through observation of the existence of many, varied and proliferating groups, sub-groups, sects, vwrmes.

The process of philosophical transformation which led to his outright deification makes for a fascinating story. Refresh and try again. Never really will be.