From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians
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FROM JESUS TO CHRIST: THE FIRST CHRISTIANS, explore the life of Jesus and the movement he started challenging familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. The film traces Jesus life and focuses on the events that occurred after his death and on the men and women who were his first followers and whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created a major movement that transformed the Roman Empire.
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The students like it too. It presents a more or less consensus view, which means that Catholics, most Orthodox, and main street Protestants will find much to like. Evangelicals - maybe yes, maybe no.
The PBS website still has their excellent site on the early Christians available. You can find maps, primary sources and even a teacher's resource guide with maps, activities, questions, etc. Just checked. You can actually watch the whole thing online now.
One star off for the lack of close captioning - for shame, PBS.
I don't ever want to return to seeing the bible as literal, and I don't appreciate using the bible in modern context anymore. After this video, all following evangelical sermons in church would not hold my attention. You could say this video "ruined evangelical fundementalism for me."
This DVD is divided into four parts, each about hour in length. Each part presents actual photographs of the extant sites mentioned in scriptures, such as Jerusalem, Corinth, the Dead Sea, and Rome. Each part presents interviews with leading scholars who specialize in the historical period and scriptures, such as professors from Ivy League Universities, and Theological Schools.
Part I Presents the culture and times of Jesus, the coming of Jesus, the characteristics of Jesus and His place in History. It details the Temple and presents computer generated images of how it would have been in the time of Jesus.
Part II Includes Paul's travels (especially Corinth and Ephessis), beliefs in the Second Coming, Pentecost, the mission of Disciples, and defining the Church.
Part III Discussed events after the Resurrection of Jesus, the Jewish revolt, the battle of Messada, and the destruction of Jerusalem. In addition the scholars discuss the writing of the Gospels, presents the essence of each Gospel, compares the Gospels, and examines the separate paths taken by Jews and Christians.
Part IV - Presents Paganism and its beliefs within the societies of ancient civilization, it especially discusses the prominence of "religion" in Roman life and the challenge that Christianity gave to its tenets. We view great images and details of Rome and its buildings and institutions. It shows the Coptic scrolls and its books.
Much of the emphasis of the DVD is upon the everyday people of the time and the historical and archeological data related to that period. As such it presents no new theological insights but does spark the biblical story to life and stimulate the readers imagination and understanding of the life and times of Jesus and the early Christian church.
I highly recommend "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians", especially for those interested in studying the Scriptures.