Every human movement originates in a specific historical context. The Christian religion was inspired by a charismatic leader, but its founding context included the established Jewish religion, pervasive Greek culture, and ever-present Roman government and power. It was in this context, in Palestine some 2000 years ago, that the Jesus Movement in just several centuries separated itself from its parent religion and became a diverse religion dominant in the Hellenized Roman world. In this course we’ll draw on the recent work of secular scholars to trace development of this remarkable historical phenomenon.
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