Frontline: Season 16, Episode 4

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Part 1 (6 Apr. 1998)

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The story of the rise of Christianity.


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Episode credited cast:
William Cran ...
Narrator (voice)
Gil Edgeley ...
Voice (UK version)
Paula Fredriksen ...
Vince Hadley ...
Voice (UK version)
David Gwyn Harris ...
Voice (UK version)
Holland Lee Hendrix ...
Will Le Bow ...
Narrator (voice)
John Mangan ...
Voice (UK version)
Lorna Meadows ...
Voice (UK version)
Marilyn Mellowes ...
Narrator (voice)
Robin Parmelee ...
Dossy Peabody ...
Timothy Sawyer ...


The story of the rise of Christianity.

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Well made...but I hated some of the music and didn't really want the homogeneity of opinions.
26 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a reasonably well made series on the life of Jesus and the early church. However well done the shows are, however, one thing got to me after a while...the music. Now I know that this might seem petty, but after a bit I almost felt like screaming at it. Gregorian chants and Jewish cantors singing again and again and again really made me wish that the show had been a lot quieter!

The show has a decided bent--and this is something that bothered me a bit. A lot of theologians are interviewed but they represent a very narrow band of thought. Ivy League schools and Union Theological represent a more liberal school of thought and tend to look at the New Testament in a very non-literal and more of a historical point of view. No rival thought is given a chance to say anything during the film. So, if you have a very literal interpretation of the Bible, then this may not be something you'll want to watch. If, on the other hand, you don't believe so strongly, then you'll probably get much more out of the show--a show that has a decidedly humanistic point of view. Still, there is a lot to admire about this series--it's worth a look.

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