The years following Jesus until the death of the last of the Twelve Apostles, the Christian Church came fully into being on Pentecost when, according to scriptural accounts, the apostles received the Holy Spirit and emerged from hiding following the death and resurrection of Jesus to preach and spread his message. The apostolic period produced writings attributed to the direct followers of Jesus Christ and is traditionally associated with the apostles and apostolic times.
Council of Jerusalem
The word heresy comes from haeresis, a Latin transliteration of the Greek word meaning choosing, choice, course of action, or in an extended sense school of thought. Irenaeus (b. between the years 115 – 125 according to some, or 130 – 142, d. 202) defined heresy as deviation from the standard of sound doctrine.
The Apostles of Jesus – The Traditional Story
The apostolic period between the years 30 and 130 CE produced writings attributed to the direct followers of Jesus Christ, and is traditionally associated with the apostles and apostolic times. In the traditional history of the Christian church, the Apostolic Age was the foundation upon which the entire church’s history is founded.
The history of early Christianity bridges over the period from the death of Jesus Christ and birth of the Apostolic Age in about the year 30 to the First Council of Nicaea in 325.