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    Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea (Hardback) By (author) Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies Geza Vermes, By (author) Penguin Books Ltd

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    DescriptionThe creation of the Christian Church is one of the most important stories in the development of the world's history, but also one of the most enigmatic and little understood, shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.Through a forensic, brilliant reexamination of all the key surviving texts of early Christianity, Geza Vermes illuminates the origins of a faith and traces the evolution of the figure of Jesus from the man he was--a prophet recognizable as the successor to other Jewish holy men of the Old Testament--to what he came to represent: a mysterious, otherworldly being at the heart of a major new religion. As Jesus's teachings spread across the eastern Mediterranean, hammered into place by Paul, John, and their successors, they were transformed in the space of three centuries into a centralized, state-backed creed worlds away from its humble origins. "Christian Beginnings" tells the captivating story of how a man came to be hailed as the Son consubstantial with God, and of how a revolutionary, anticonformist Jewish subsect became the official state religion of the Roman Empire.

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    Christian Beginnings
    From Nazareth to Nicaea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies Geza Vermes, By (author) Penguin Books Ltd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300191608
    ISBN 10: 030019160X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
    BIC subject category V2: HRCX
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    DC21: 270
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
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    B&T Approval Code: A13550000, A13553000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 270.1, 270
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    BISAC V2.8: REL108020
    LC classification: BR165 .V47 2013
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, QRMB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    26 March 2013
    Author Information
    Geza Vermes was one of the world's greatest experts on early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    Review quote
    "Over the course of his long, distinguished career, Geza Vermes, the first professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford university, has made a major contribution to our understanding of the historical Jesus. In this book, however, Vermes takes the story further, showing how the human figure of Jesus became increasingly other-wordly until, at the Council of Nicaea in 325, he was declared fully divine."--Karen Armstrong, "Financial Times"