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 creeds are the product of a very secular chain of political and intellectual influences, serving to obscure the historical core of what was new in Jesus’s life and work.

The second half, however, opened up into a thoroughly enjoyable tour of early Christian thinkers, whom Vermes argues laid or reflected others’ laying the eventual transformation of a charismatic Jewish movement to a full-blown Christian theology. After an inconclusive debate, Alexander and his secretary Athanasius asserted beginnijgs the son was of the same essence as the Father, that he was homoousios or consubstantial with God. The Holy Spirit is personified in a new way, not seen in the other gospels, as the ” other Counsellor” or “Advocate”.

I borrowed my copy from a local library, and will definitely be purchasing a copy to own. The Historian 76 Beginnijgs along the way those geginnings of christology which couldn’t share a unity with the organic body of thought which was unfolding fell away.

Geza Vermes has written a very interesting autobiography “Providential Accidents” which really is the story of 20th century Beginningw through the life of one man. 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. Lists with This Book.

He assumes, for example, that the Charismatic Jewish Jesus actually existed. The whim of an emperor or the speculation of a philosopher will have as much impact on the religion as anything the historical Jesus may or may not have done.

Vermes does not question other aspects and historically related issues in much depth. If you are a believer, Vermes is a good place to start: Hard going in places and not a book you can ‘dip into’ but one you need to read. 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.

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

Tittler challenges assumptions that English portraiture was entirely the pre- rogative of the gentry classes and upwards. Origen enthusiastically castrated christjan in his teens to maintain his purity and went everywhere barefoot. Interesting to read about the evolution of a major new religion – especially as this was totally unintended by the inspirer. 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.


This dogma was only the beginning of the problem, and the matter would preoccupy thinkers and theologians for centuries as the consequences were fine-sifted and reconsidered over and over again. He offered various proofs that Jesus was the vrmes logos. Skip to main content. 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.

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. Vermes notes in particular the contributions of St. It’s fine that Christianity developed over the first few centu “Nothing is unclear in Arius’ thinking, which is perhaps not a true desideratum in theology, nor is anything left unsaid.

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

In liberating myself from these p After becoming an atheist, one of the things that fascinated me was why I, who had been studying for years to become a Roman Catholic priest, should have been once so convinced in my beliefs: Like the Ebionites pointed out in the Apostolic Constitutions he wants to proclaim Jesus is merely a man. There is a lot of quoting of old texts, which generally is just confusing, but the authors summaries are generally clear.

Baptism isn’t simply a sign of repentance and cleansing but an identification with the death and resurrection of Jesus. However the christlan of Christ was not firmly established.

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. Now I know that there are many competing interpretations of Christianity, but I found Vermes’ interpretation compelling.

If you are at all interested in Christianity then this is a great primer. From Nazareth to Nicaea was his final book, and in it Vermes endeavors to build upon his work on the historical Jesus through an assessment of how Jesus went from Galilean holy man to the second person of the Trinity at Nicaea in If Vermes is wholly right, any claims about the “revealed” authority of traditional Christian faith are pretty dubious.


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 the centuries after his crucifixion and resurrection!

I say select because he discounts the Gospel of John and the all of the Pauline collection as distorting Jesus. Aug 18, Scott Davies rated it it was ok. As Harold Brown, author of “Heresies” states “Undoubedly, many of the first Christians, if asked to describe the relationship between Jesus and the Father would have done so in adoptionistic terms Jan 09, Mikhail Belyaev rated it liked it.

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This is a beautiful and magisterial book; but it leaves unsolved 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. He’s still best at locating Jesus’ ministry in a context of post-Biblical charismatic Judaism. 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 fermes continuity between generations and there is diversity within any one generation.

Open Preview See a Problem? A fuller introduction is given vermed the non-New Testament works which represent the doctrinal legacy of Christianity from about AD to as these are less well known. I wondered if this book would shake my tentative faith but it hasn’t.

Christian Beginnings from Nazareth to Nicea, AD is a book by the historian Geza ChristjanProfessor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford[1] beginnnigs traces the development of the figure of Jesus from charismatic Jewish prophet to being considered equal with God by the fourth century Council of Nicea.

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I wouldn’t say it was as smooth a ride as I hoped, but I think i achieved the objective in the end. I said a moment ago that this is not an unfamiliar account for scholars of Christian origins.

If you believe that your vision beeginnings 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.