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From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?
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Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?

These 24 lectures provide a fresh and provocative perspective on how a movement of perhaps only 20 lower-class followers of a Jewish apocalyptic preacher crucified as an enemy of the state grew to include nearly four million adherents in only 300 years. Professor Ehrman looks at the faith's beginnings, starting with the historical Jesus, Jewish-Christian relations, the way Paul and other Christians spread the new faith, hostility to the Christian mission, internal struggles within the faith, and the formation of traditional Christianity as we know it today.

Christianity argued its ancient roots by retaining the Jewish scriptures and arguing that it was, in fact, the fulfillment of what those scriptures had promised. Throughout these lectures, Professor Ehrman challenges old misconceptions and offers fresh perspectives on aspects of Christianity and its roots that many of us might have thought we already understood. By offering you a scholar's perspective on the origins of what Professor Ehrman describes as the most important institution in Western civilization, this engaging course will increase your understanding of Christianity today.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    This course is not a devotional course. It is not intended necessarily for Christians, but for those who are interested in the history of Christianity. This is not Christianity from a theological perspective. In other words, this is education. It is not a course on faith.

    Professor Ehrman is an erudite scholar on the Bible and the history of Christianity. If you wish to receive an objective education on the subject, this course is appropriate for you.

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    I was disappointed that there was more guessing than real answers. Per the professor, sources are scarce but then went on to do a lot speculating about things he and his colleagues really don't know. This is not helpful. I stuck out the whole lecture hoping it would get better which it did only marginally, cringing as it went along. I was reminded of Paul's statement, "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

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    What would have made From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity better?

    If professor Bart D Ehrman would have walked up to the microphone, turned back around and sat down without opening his mouth. Just kidding he has a right to his distorted views.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure but it won't be another book about Angry Atheists trying to get their message across.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    It is saddens me that so many people are hung up on the little things in the Bible that they miss the hole picture about Jesus's message.It is about Loving your neighbor as yourself and loving God. If the New Testament was not true then surely the other letters of the bible would not have small discrepancies in them, because any good author would know that any intelligent person like professor Bart D Ehrmman would point this out to us who are less educated them he is. That we would be enlightened by his Atheistic views. We would quickly abandon our foolish faith and join him in celebrating our freedom of tolerance of all sin. If there is no higher power (God) to be accountable to then who's to say what is right or wrong? Anything goesBecause of those discrepancies one can tell that the four gospels in the New Testament are true. If you had four people that witness a crime their stories will not be the same unless they all got together in corroboration and straitened their stories out. But because the letters were written from different perspective of the authors as to what they (Witnessed)remembered the reliability of the four gospels are more credible in my opinion.

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