From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians reconstructs the life of early Christians through archaeological and historical means.

Showcased through four different episodes, we’ll venture back to the time Jesus supposedly lived – at the very height of the Roman empire.

We’ll investigate how the figure ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ become the Christ of the Christian tradition and why the early Christian communities developed different theological images of Jesus later on.

The series starts out interviewing the nation’s leading New Testament scholars, challenging familiar assumptions about the origins of Christianity.

The First Christians carefully unwraps our historical understanding of early Christendom and takes a look at the religion through archaeological means.

Throughout the documentaries the original numerous sects of Christianity (all with their own differing beliefs) are discussed.

Furthermore, we’ll take a look at the outlawing of the religion by Rome due to the Christians refusal to commit sacrifice to the pagan Gods of Rome. A piece of history which shows the direct link to persecutions of early Christians.

Finally, we’ll get to the standardization and wide swept adoption of Christianity as a religion codified by Emperor Constantine and the Roman Empire.

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From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
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  • Release date2004
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)William Cran
  • Production companyPBS