First Light Home Edition

DVD series in 12 sessions

Featuring John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg

Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the confluence of the Baptism movement of John and the Kingdom movement of Jesus? Why the tiny villages around the Lake? Why the confrontations in Jerusalem? Why then? Why there?   Why were the titles of Caesar Augustus — Divine, Son of God, God from God, Lord, Redeemer, Liberator, and Savior of the World — taken from a Roman emperor on the Palatine hill and given to a Jewish peasant on the Palestine plain? Was it low lampoon or high treason? Either way, the Romans were not laughing.  What were the priorities of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom? How was the status quo of Roman imperial theology subverted by this obscure Galilean whose message continues to indict empire today?

First Light is a 12-session DVD and web-based study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God with two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem.

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First Light Home Edition is licensed for private home viewing only, all other rights reserved.  Unauthorized duplication, exhibition and/or distribution of this product is a violation of applicable laws and is strictly prohibited. A group-use version available at First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom and includes downloadable participant and leader resources for small group study. 

This DVD is published only in the North American format, NTSC.  Most modern European DVD players and TVs should be able to play this satisfactorily.  Should you encounter any difficulty in playing this DVD, please get in touch.  If we can’t solve the problem, we will refund you on return of the product in good condition. 

John Dominic Crossan - Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at De Paul University. Widely regarded as the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world, Dr. Crossan has authored over 20 books including God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now, The Historical Jesus, and Excavating Jesus—a ground-breaking study on Jesus co-written with archeologist Jonathan Reed. A Roman Catholic monk for nineteen years and a priest for twelve years, Crossan is a former co-chair of The Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.  

The late Marcus Borg - Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Author of over ten books including The Heart of Christianity and Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary and the bestseller, Meeting Jesus again for the First Time. Dr. Borg lectured extensively throughout North America and overseas. His work has been translated into five languages.

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