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John Dominic Crossan & Marcus Borg

Jesus and the Kingdom

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.

Participant Reader written by John Dominic Crossan: “It is all I have to say about Jesus after half a century of study–in succinct summary.”

First Light includes downloadable and printable leader and participant guides with weekly readings and discussion questions. Each session includes a 20-minute video segment and may be conducted in one hour or expanded to include a meal and personal sharing. The flexible DVD and resource materials can be used in variety of class, retreat, and other formats.

Purchase of First Light includes a one-year license to use the downloadable participant and leader guides. At the end of the first year, the license to use the written materials can be renewed annually. Please see the LTQ policy page for additional information.



12 episodes.



1. The Matrix of Jesus
2. The Advent of the Messiah
3. God’s Great Cleanup
4. Collaborative Eschaton
5. The Lake as the World
6. Parables as Lures
7. Jesus as Lord
8. Substitutionary Atonement?
9. Demonstrations in Jerusalem
10. The Crowd & the Crucifixion
11. Resurrection as Resistance
12. America as the New Rome


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