Tonight we begin the first of an 8-week course looking at the growth of Christianity from a small movement to the official religion of the Roman Empire. Using the excellent PBS Frontline series "From Jesus to Christ -- The First Christians", we'll be moving from the world of Jesus to the world of empire.
Tonight we begin with a look at the culture and influences of first-century Palestine. The Romans, the Temple authorities, the Essenes, the political situation in occupied Palestine ... all in a half-hour video segment. Then we'll have time to ask questions and discuss what we watched.
For more information and lots and lots of background material, check the website for the series at From Jesus to Christ.