Episode 64: The Enigma of Early Christianity
In this episode we look at the evidence for the very earliest Christian movements; some scholars call it the ‘Jesus movement’, some the Early Church, some want to say it was all a case of ‘Jewish-Christianity’. But the part no one seems to talk about is that no one really knows much about the origins of what is now the most widespread religion in the world.
Essential ground-laying for future developments in the podcast, as western esotericism develops in the Roman world and beyond.
Note to listeners
Dear friends of SHWEP,
A computer has died, and we are off to FOUR academic conferences between now and mid-July! The upshot of all this is that the podcast will be taking about a month-long hiatus. Apologies to all our staunch members and friends! When we return, this episode will get its bibliography, and then we’ll have episodes on Apollonus of Tyana, Thrasyllus the astrologer/esoteric Platonist/power behind the Roman throne, a few episode on the great Plutarch and his esoteric methodologies, Apuleius, dream-divination, and, at long last for all you patient alchemy-fans, our introduction of the Royal Art to our story, with a superb interview with the leading specialist on the Pseudo-Democritus.
With many of the interviews already in the bag, we hope to be able to catch up with our schedule by the end of July. In the mean time, please bear with us, and stay esoteric!