PBS series: “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.”

• Watch the PBS series: “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.” There are four programs, but these are viewed in two parts: Part One (link); and Part Two (link). Program 1 and 2 are in the video of Part One, and Programs 3 and 4 are in the video of Part Two.
• As you watch, the reflection questions are divided into their programs. So, if you are watching program 2, or the second half of the video Part One, then make sure the reflection question is fresh in your mind while watching.
• Each question requires a 450-word response (minimally). The total is 3150 words minimally.

Intro to Video Series:
This four-hour program explores the life of Jesus, his death, and the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we now know as Christianity.
It reveals that Christianity did not arise as a single, uniform, and coherent movement, but as one marked by diversity of opinion, practice, and belief. From the beginning, the movement was forged by conflict as the early Christians wrestled with their Jewish heritage, collided with paganism, challenged the authority of the Roman Empire, and clashed with each other.
Programs 1 and 2 (Part One Video):
Program 1 examines how Judaism and Roman rule, Pax Romana or “Roman peace,” shaped Jesus’ life. Jesus was most likely arrested and executed by Roman authorities whose principal concern was to keep the peace. The Romans had little tolerance for

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