Institutions built around Jesus Christ have been the largest and most powerful of the last few millennia. Amazingly, those institutions have had very little to do with Jesus’ own apparent prophecies that the “Kingdom of God” would liberate Israel from Rome. Historians have been able to trace some of the reinterpretation, magnification, and politicization of Jesus’ message, of which there is no first- or second-hand account. This 6th century image of Christ is one of the world’s oldest. It is striking not only for its well-preserved quality but for its very early use of this fictional but universally recognizable likeness.
Or CHAPTER 103: THE LAST FEW MILLENNIA
(THE -1ST MILLENNIUM TO THE 17TH CENTURY)
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I. Introduction: Empires and World Religions
II. The Ancient Mediterranean
III. Ancient Asia
IV. The “Middle Ages”
V. Outside Eurasia
VI. The European Age
VII. Reasoned Thought
IX. Chapter 3 Margin Notes (blog posts)
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