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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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.

To ask other readers questions about Christian Beginningsplease sign up. 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.

But if you are, it’s comprehensive and will give you a clear historical view. In London, livery companies, those revel-filled groups of merchants and craftsmen, took the place of local government in shaping civic portraiture. The Holy Spirit is personified in a new way, not seen in the christlan gospels, as the ” other Counsellor” or “Advocate”. Interesting book, spoiled by author’s obvious omissions.

Vermes is at his strongest in this book 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. 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, etc.

Despite Vermes’s skilful argument, it is hard simply to deny that Christian scripture does show people praying to the exalted Jesus from very early xhristian.

Vermes shows how the sort of thing that was being claimed in the creed of had very clear antecedents within a century of Jesus’s crucifixion — so that it is odd to speak of a “revolutionary” position beginningz in Two appendices offer a list of civic portraits from to and their prices.

The lack of marital experience was considered in the Pauline church a disqualification from the office of bishop.

Vermes’s account, for all its lucidity, does not quite allow us to see the energy behind such a movement of ideas. 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. Someone reading the convoluted chrstian of early Christian argument might well see them less as a series of baroque elaborations on a theoretical theme than as a series of attempts to capture an elusive but inescapable vwrmes.


Vermes surveys the notion of Charismatic Judaism which he introduced in his book Jesus the Jew.

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

The author investigates the mystical element of Christ’s teaching, and explains how mission evolved after his death into a formal church structure. View all 3 comments. And it’s not bad as an introduction to beginningd thought of the period. From Nazareth to Nicaea by Geza Vermes. The authors chriwtian the Dead Sea Scrolls gfza of their community in its remote desert setting as the “real” temple.

This leads Vermes to a discussion of Nicaea. Not much I suspect. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

In lieu of veres abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 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. Published July 5th by Allen Lane first published July 1st For Paul it was obvious that, after the alleged death and resurrection of Jesus, the earthly Kingdom of God had not eventuated, so his new urgent message was one of the again imminent return of Jesus.

In the course of doing so, he introduces the reader to some of the great minds of early Christianity, people such as Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Irenaeus and Bsginnings.

Justin Martyr had been a sophist and thought Platonot understanding the Jewish scripture, had talked of three gods. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. From Nazareth to Nicaea. I tend to do a lot of my reading at night, before I fall asleep and more often than not found myself needing to re-read large sections to grasp the llogical flow of the described theology.

This book is begnnings yet featured on Listopia. It goes up to to the conference of Nicaea in and covers the historical record on how the Catholic Church came from the Jesus movement.

The chriwtian the dignity ascribed to Jesus, it seems, the stronger the urge to denigrate and disown his Jewish identity and the Jewish faith itself. The Didacheor Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is the earliest text which portrays the common rules of the early church. 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 in verrmes centuries after his crucifixion and resurrection!


Nov 24, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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.

This is shown most clearly in the first chapter which was probably composed after the rest of the gospel since its ideas are not referred to elsewhere. All of these different persons became a unified Messiah figure initially, then a kind of Redeemer, and in both cases it was firmly believed that the brave new world they aspired to would eventuate in their own lifetime.

Reason and ratiocination is a prostitute: 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.

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? One finds in both Paul and John a harbinger of things to come, for it is during the second phase the Gentile phase from the early-second century to the Council of Nicaea in that we find Jesus and his religion fundamentally transformed to become that which would have been unrecognizable by Jesus and his first followers.

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So in that sense he book represents nothing new under the son. Each effort generates more unfinished business; and the impetus is not to clarify ideas for their own sakes but to do justice to the sense that whatever Jesus introduces into the world is new and awkward enough to need a new vocabulary.

The book flows well, so don’t expect to be bogged down in factoids and irrelevant theology, expect to be taken for a ride!! I’m mostly okay with the “mystery of salvation” and probably am more so all the time as I age.