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Ch 9: The Rise of Christianity

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Watch video lessons on the rise of Christianity and learn about Christianity's early influences, Jesus of Nazareth, the Byzantine Church, and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

The Rise of Christianity - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Study the influences, persecution, and eventual ascension of early Christianity with the lessons in this chapter. Discover the origins of Christianity's roots and follow its journey from Roman suppression to eventual acceptance. This chapter's lessons are designed to help you:

  • Understand Christianity's early philosophical influences
  • Become familiar with how the life of Jesus of Nazareth contributed to the advancement of Christianity
  • Know the events surrounding the Romans' eventual forcing of Jews out of Jerusalem
  • Understand the relevance of Constantine's conversion to Christianity
  • Recognize the pope's role in early Christianity

Video Objective
Christianity's Roots: Paganism, Judaism, Neoplatonism, and Roman Mystery Cults Understand the influences that formed the basis for Christianity from traditions such as Judaism, Paganism, and Neoplatonism.
Jesus of Nazareth Explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and their influence on the rise of Christianity.
Rebellion of Roman Rule in Judea Learn about Jewish opposition, both peaceful and rebellious, to the Roman rule in Judea.
Romans Force Jews Out of Jerusalem Articulate the series of events that culminated in the Romans forcing Jews to leave Jerusalem.
Christianity Continues to Flourish and Gains Roman Acceptance Explore the emergence and acceptance of Christianity even amidst Roman persecution.
The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity Learn about Constantine's conversion to Christianity and how Christianity transitioned from a suppressed entity to the official religion of the state.
The Early Christian Church Know the history of the development of the Christian Church and its usefulness in organizing the religion's people and practices.
The Pope in Early Christianity Understand the development of the position of pope and its early responsibilities.
The Byzantine Church Learn the features, inner workings, and conflicts of the Byzantine Church.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: The Rise of Christianity
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Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

1. Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, explain a few of the problems with arriving at a clear picture of Jesus, and discuss the facts as we know them.

Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

2. Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

In this lesson, we explore what life was like for Jews during the early era of the Roman Empire, leading up to the first century expulsion of the Jews from Rome.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

3. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

4. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

5. Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

In this lesson, we explore the experiences of early Christians under the Roman Empire, from their early periods of toleration and persecution to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.

The Pope in Early Christianity

6. The Pope in Early Christianity

In this lesson, we explore the gradual transformation of the early Christian church in Rome, and specifically its bishop, into the incredibly powerful papacy of today.

The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

7. The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

In this lesson, we explore the Christian Church in the Byzantine Empire, and the history of the issues the bishop in Constantinople had with other Christian bishops, especially in Rome.

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