Sunday, January 04, 2009

Christianity: A History (Channel 4 7pm Jan 11th)

Eight-part series of the Christian Faith on BBC Channel 4.
Part 1: Written and presented by leading British writer Howard Jacobson. Himself a Jew, Jacobson examines the origins and consequences of Christian belief and argues that, although Christianity originated in devout Judaism, for Jews, it has been, for the most part, a calamity.

Jacobson talks to Christian and Jewish scholars. He visits Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee and Rome to find out more about Jesus, the Jew. He looks into how key Christian beliefs - including the notion of a Messiah and baptism - have roots in Judaism.

Furthermore, he asserts that Jesus didn't intend to start a new religion, that for Jesus's family - all Jewish - the new movement remained within Judaism: for them he was a charismatic Rabbi.

1 comment:

Mission Man said...

I enjoyed this programme very much. As someone with a lot of Christians in my family (my not being one, alas for them) I am very interested in matters of faith and this one in particular.

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