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  • JESUS: RISE TO POWER

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Dr. Michael Scott sets outs across the historic landscapes of the ancient world to discover how and why, in just 400 years, the little-known Judaic cult of Jesus rises from a persecuted minority to become the official religion of the Roman Empire.

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  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Jesus: Rise To Power, Messiahs
    In his quest to find out about the rise of Christianity within the Roman Empire, Dr. Michael Scott tackles the birth of the Christian religion. The Romans executed Jewish Messiah Jesus of Nazareth in the most humiliating way they could. In a world where people are defined by the manner of their death, Jesus should have been branded a failure and rejected. But he is not. Jesus's crucifixion becomes one of the defining moments in Christianity and he is heralded as the Messiah. Michael's quest uncovers how the Christian message spread and grew through Roman expertise and technology, how it became more visible and therefore more vulnerable to attack by the Roman authorities, and how it organized itself and broke away from its Jewish roots.
  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Messiahs
    In his quest to find out about the rise of Christianity within the Roman Empire, Dr. Michael Scott tackles the birth of the Christian religion. The Romans executed Jewish Messiah Jesus of Nazareth in the most humiliating way they could. In a world where people are defined by the manner of their death, Jesus should have been branded a failure and rejected. But he is not. Jesus's crucifixion becomes one of the defining moments in Christianity and he is heralded as the Messiah. Michael's quest uncovers how the Christian message spread and grew through Roman expertise and technology, how it became more visible and therefore more vulnerable to attack by the Roman authorities, and how it organized itself and broke away from its Jewish roots.
  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Jesus: Rise To Power, Martyrs
    Roman authorities become increasingly intolerant as Christians refuse to sacrifice to the States pagan Gods. With their strange, secret and mysterious practices like communion, Christians are condemned as cannibals and deviants. And yet Romans are reluctant to put Christians to death. In an act of defiance at the Arena in Carthage, the martyr Perpetua assists her executioner by putting the sword to her own throat. Romes attempt to stamp out Christianity ends up inspiring it and ultimately helping it develop into a worldwide political and religious force
  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Martyrs
    Roman authorities become increasingly intolerant as Christians refuse to sacrifice to the States pagan Gods. With their strange, secret and mysterious practices like communion, Christians are condemned as cannibals and deviants. And yet Romans are reluctant to put Christians to death. In an act of defiance at the Arena in Carthage, the martyr Perpetua assists her executioner by putting the sword to her own throat. Romes attempt to stamp out Christianity ends up inspiring it and ultimately helping it develop into a worldwide political and religious force.
  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Jesus: Rise To Power, Christians
    After nearly three centuries, Jesus followers have endured a succession of persecutions but none as severe as Diocletians Great Persecution. Although many Christians die, once again Christianity pulls through, this time with an organized hierarchy bound together by the struggle to survive. It has become the Church. Now Emperor Constantine, recognizing its indomitable spiritand with his enemies still worshipping pagan Godsadopts Christianity, moves the capital from Rome to Constantinople and begins to Christianize his empire. Julian after him attempts to disempower Christians but the bond between Church and State is now irreversible, until in 381AD, Theodosius outlaws paganism and proclaims Christianity the one and only legal religion. The faith has evolved from the crucifixion of Jesus into a religious and political force, permanently woven into the fabric of the Roman Empire.
  • Jesus: Rise To Power: Christians
    After nearly three centuries, Jesus followers have endured a succession of persecutions but none as severe as Diocletians Great Persecution. Although many Christians die, once again Christianity pulls through, this time with an organized hierarchy bound together by the struggle to survive. It has become the Church. Now Emperor Constantine, recognizing its indomitable spiritand with his enemies still worshipping pagan Godsadopts Christianity, moves the capital from Rome to Constantinople and begins to Christianize his empire. Julian after him attempts to disempower Christians but the bond between Church and State is now irreversible, until in 381AD, Theodosius outlaws paganism and proclaims Christianity the one and only legal religion. The faith has evolved from the crucifixion of Jesus into a religious and political force, permanently woven into the fabric of the Roman Empire.
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