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Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Diarmaid MacCulloch

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Author: Diarmaid MacCulloch
Publisher: Viking Adult
2 reviews about Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
review by . June 14, 2014
MacCulloch's massive one volume history of the religion based on the man and the mission of Jesus Christ is imaginative, insightful, and mostly maintains interest beginning to end.  The interest starts with the intriguing subtitle, as MacCulloch begins by examining the roots of Christianity in the Jewish, Greek, and Roman worlds that the man Jesus bridged.  The collective human and spiritual legacy that became known by His name (originally meant as a slight, a naming convention that …
review by . July 08, 2010
Diarmaid MacCulloch begins his detailed study of Christianity in Greece around 1000 BCE. He continues with the history of Israel during the same period, and then with the story of Jesus' birth in 4 BCE, for Jesus is said to have been born during the reign of King Herod, and Herod died in 4 BCE. MacCulloch states many other facts that will bother many Christians.    He notes, for example, that only two of the Gospels have the birth narrative. These tales tell that that he was …
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