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The First Days of Christianity (History Channel Ultimate Collections)
The First Days of Christianity
History Channel Ultimate Collections
Actor: History Channel
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2008     5hr 20min

The events of Jesus life and the lives of his Apostles occurred over a few short decades, yet, like stones splashing into still waters, they generated ripples that have driven the course of history for two thousand years. ...  more »

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Actor: History Channel
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion, Religion & Spirituality, Television, Religion
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/15/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 5hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Robert S. from BOX SPRINGS, GA
Reviewed on 5/11/2010...
rather shallow.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jeannine W. (jrelehw) from LONDONDERRY, NH
Reviewed on 1/20/2009...
This is more of a religious series than a historical one. Being from history channel, it was not what I expected. Nice for people that like heart warming stories about miracles.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

J. Lane | 08/15/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

""The First Days of Christianity" is, on the whole, not worth the money. The only possible exception would be free copies.

The first part covers the "Holy Family". It uses the Gnostic Gospels as a reliable source despite the nearly universal rejection of them by modern reputable scholership. As a result, the first portion of this poorly executed attempt at an entertaining biography is largely innaccurate and biased. The reenactments of loosely related miracle accounts are worthy of a high school play at best. If you do choose to buy this, don't even bother with the first section.

The second part is a head and shoulders improvement over the first, but it still falls far short of a well done documentary. It clearly favors an atheist (or at the very least agnostic) viewpoint in reporting the history of the very early church. As the timeline becomes more removed from Jesus and the history becomes less controversial, the documentary improves considerably."
Scott Mc Morran | 11/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A nicely done 400 minute summary of the history of the Christian religion. Does a decent job of explaining how Jesus and his 12 Apostles spread Christianity throughout the known world.Done in the typical "Biography" style. Believers and non-believers alike will find this film edifying and interesting. Does an especially good job of explaining the East-West split in Christendom and the Papal/King alliances of the first 1400 (approx)years of Christianity. The only negative I would say about this effort is it's not quite as scholarly as I would have liked but that is purely my take. All in all it hits all the main features of the development of Christendom. Believers will be glad they watched."
The First Days of Christianity (History Channel Ultimate Col
Bill W | Spirgfield Va. USA | 06/16/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

Warning this is a very inferior title on the subject !
The set is made up of two very different History Channel documentaries
1: "In the Footsteps of the Holy Family" this title is on the par with an amateur Christmas pageant, its only professional is the aging actor Robin Moore. Complete with extremely poorly done reenactments totally devoid of facts and in some cases context. In many cases footsteps has a distasteful political slant bordering on propaganda. Many of the so called Miracles are laughable lacking even internal creditability. My personal favorite was a tale of a General Harper of the Egyptian Army(?).

2. The Apostles Collection is by far the better of the two titles. Narrated by Martin Sheen, its production values make it at least watchable.

I will have to admit the packaging of this 4 disc Boxed set is a work of art"