Dr. Michael Scott sets outs across the historic landscapes of the ancient world to discover how and why, in just 400 years, the little-known Judaic cult of Jesus rises from a persecuted minority to become the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Episode 1 –“Messiahs”
Jesus of Nazareth is arguably one of the most influential figures in all of history. His life inspired a movement, and his legacy gave birth to an entire religion. But around 100 years after his crucifixion, a second, self-proclaimed messiah threatened Christianity. If Simon the Son of a Star had succeeded in reconquering, the modern-day Church might not now exist. Historian Dr. Michael Scott looks reveals how Christianity survived to become a worldwide political and religious force.
Episode 2 –“Martyrs”
Willing to die for their faith, Christian martyrs resisted Rome’s pagan rituals and were condemned. But instead of wiping out Christianity, Roman persecution helped the faith spread. Jesus: Rise to Power brings to life with dramatic re-enactments the acts of defiance that united believers across the vast Roman Empire. Historian Dr. Michael Scott examines ancient letters between Roman authorities who were faced with the decision to either tolerate the religion or condemn its followers to death.
Episode 3 –“Christians”
Against a backdrop of political instability, power struggles and civil unrest, Dr. Michael Scott and a team of biblical scholars chart the rise of Christianity. Recognizing its indomitable spirit Emperor Constantine, made the decision to adopt Christianity and move the capital from Rome to Constantinople. Following Constantine, Emperor Julian attempted to disempower Christians until in AD 381 when Emperor Theodosius outlawed paganism and finally proclaimed Christianity the only legal religion.
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