Christ the First Two Thousand Years
This fascinating journey through history explores the many ways that Jesus has been depicted, described, promoted, and opposed over the last two millennia, from the New Testament world through monasticism, heresies, the crusades, the reformation, and the ages of total...
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This fascinating journey through history explores the many ways that Jesus has been depicted, described, promoted, and opposed over the last two millennia, from the New Testament world through monasticism, heresies, the crusades, the reformation, and the ages of total war and technology.
How has Christ been seen for the last two millennia? From the Christ of the Gospels to the Isa of Islam, this book explores the way Jesus Christ has been viewed, described, promoted, opposed and written about. What did the word 'Christ' mean in the first century, and how did it resonate with the politics and religion of the time? And beyond that, how was Jesus seen in the New Testament, and then onto the time of the Desert Fathers? What of the heretical Christs - and who decided, and why? And from the 2nd century onwards, people started to draw and to paint images of Christ - how did this change and develop? The book then traces the history of Christ through the militant leader of the Crusaders, via the multi-faceted Christ of the Middle Ages, and the opposing views of Him thrown up by the Reformation and the wars that followed. Finally, the authors consider the Christ of the technological age and the age of total war, before looking also at the Christ of Liberation Theology, Marxism, the Developing world, the Dalits, other faiths, and the Post-modern Christ of the 21st century.
Esther Whittock read Theology and Religious Studies at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a 'First' class degree. She specialised in Christianity and biblical studies, and also studied modules in Islam, New Testament Greek and sociology of religion. Her specialisms in her third year were Christology in the New Testament, the theology and composition of the Gospel of John, and the way that Christ and the Bible are understood in Indian and African cultures. She is currently a teacher of Religious Education at an inner city secondary school in Birmingham, Waverley School..
Martyn Whittock is the author and co-author of forty-one books (with total sales in excess of 866,000 copies). As well as school history textbooks, these also include trade books aimed at making historical themes accessible to the general reader. These latter recently include: A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages (2009), A Brief History of the Third Reich (2011), The Viking Blitzkrieg, co-written with his eldest daughter and Anglo-Saxon specialist Hannah (2013) and A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends (2013) - all from Constable and Robinson.