FRONTLINE: From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians
Airs Tuesdays, December 24 & 31, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published December 14, 2009 at 1:48 p.m., updated November 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.
Jesus' Many Faces
How well do the archaelogical clues historians are uncovering match up with the story Christians have long told each other? Explore Jesus' many faces
The Story of the Storytellers
The first gospel was written almost 40 years after Jesus' death. Were they historically accurate, objective accounts? Or intended as proclamations of faith? Explore the origins of the Gospels
This program traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E.
The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt-the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism.
The broadcast explores new evidence suggesting that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways.