Jesus: Rise to Power
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.
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.
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.