History of the Origins of Christianity. Book II. The Apostles.
by Ernest Renan
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This book belongs to a seven-volume series, the first of which, Life of Jesus, is the
most famous (or infamous). The Apostles, the second volume, is a sequel of sorts to
Life of Jesus, telling the story of the events immediately following Christ’s death. The
historian follows the spread of Christianity from the Apostles to all across Europe and the
Near East, documenting Pentecost and the establishment of the first churches. Renan’s
historical account reflects his background in 19th century German higher criticism of the
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